As the US Army continues to look for new technologies to down adversaries' drones, the service is teaming up with Lockheed Martin on a project to equip unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) with a high-powered microwave (HPM) capability to down other unmanned aircraft.
In late November, the service announced on the Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) website that it had awarded Lockheed Martin a USD12.5 million contract to produce an airborne HPM counter-unmanned aircraft system (C-UAS) "capable of negating adversary UASs in a timely and efficient manner". Potential UAS payloads include explosives, nets, entanglers/streamers, and HPM sources.
The Pentagon and services have largely been tightlipped on C-UAS developments, and a Lockheed Martin spokesperson declined to discuss technology specifics such as the HPM's frequency, system range, the size of UAS the system is designed to down, and the fielding and development timetable.
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