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US ally shoots down small UAV with Patriot missile

15 March 2017

Key Points

  • Thirteen nations have the Patriot air-defence system
  • The country that used the missile had no other option to down the UAV

General David Perkins, commanding general of the US Army Training and Doctrine Command, acknowledged that a US ally used a Patriot air defence missile to shoot down a quadcopter unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

The general made his remarks during a 13 March briefing at the Association of the US Army (AUSA) Global Force exposition and symposium in Huntsville, Alabama.

"We have a close ally dealing with an adversary using a small quadcopter UAS [unmanned aircraft system].

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