Pentagon has a "mortal problem"
The attack of a swarm of inexpensive flying drones of the enemy on the position of the US military is "a mortal problem requiring an expensive solution," believes The National Interest.
The newspaper notes that the United States is currently investing heavily in the technology to eliminate such drones. For example, laser weapons and radioelectronic impact are considered as promising means.
The National Interest recalls that the first example of using a swarm of drones in hostilities was the attack on Russian bases of Khmeimim and Tartus in Syria.
Currently, the US has placed a laser cannon on board USS Ponce, a dock transport vehicle, the newspaper writes. A less powerful similar weapon allows installation on an armored vehicle Stryker. Also, the US military is testing a portable radiolocation tool Dronebuster. In Syria, the newspaper notes, the EC-130H Compass Call was used - the military transport aircraft C-130 Hercules, re-equipped for radar attack.
The draft budget of the Pentagon for 2019 fiscal year provides for the allocation of 188.3 million dollars to prevent a threat from the enemy's flying drones.
On the night of January 6, 2018, the airbase Khmeimim in Syria and the logistics center of the Navy in the port of Tartus, where Russian military personnel are stationed, were attacked by 13 drones. The Ministry of Defense of Russia stated that seven drones could be destroyed by missile and gun complexes "Pantsir-S1", other aircraft were rendered harmless by radio electronic methods.