The US Air Force wants to get the right to shoot down civilian drones / SurprizingFacts

In 2015, the GT was an article of Dron in law. Fly, but remember the problems and threats associated with flying drones:

If by carelessness to do something wrong or forget about simple rules, you can face troubles. At best, the user runs the risk of losing the drone, at worst – making trouble with the law. Today we will talk about this.

Domestic lawmakers often replicate the solutions of other countries that have faced this before, often creatively reworking them beyond recognition or absurdity. One of these countries is the United States, where the next question is for owners of civilian drones. We can expect the same issue to arise in the coming years.

An article about the problems of the US Air Force due to drones was recently published on the AirGuide resource: they fly over air bases and almost collide with fighters worth $ 250 million.


The head of the US Air Force's Air Command wants to get permission to fight civilian drones, including shooting down those that threaten the flights of combat aviation. Two recent incidents, one involving the F-22 Raptor, showed that the military is defenseless in the face of potentially costly troubles.

General James Holmes, the head of the Air Command, was quoted as Aviation Week, which describes the last two incidents involving drones . Firstly, the F-22 Raptor, going on the landing, almost collided with some small commercial unmanned aerial vehicle. And in the same week, the air force's security officers observed how the civilian drone flew over the perimeter of the air base and along the aircraft parking and maintenance area before disappearing.

Flying drones over airbases in the United States are already illegal, but taking action Against them at this time, including such as remote shutdown or shooting at them, is a federal issue, and currently only federal civilian agencies can influence civil unmanned aerial vehicles e devices.

In both cases, Holmes said that the Air Force does not actually have the legal power to do anything with unmanned aerial vehicles, in particular, to shoot them. Unmanned aerial vehicles are the four main types of threats: from espionage to indirect and direct attacks.


Graphics depicting unmanned attacks of a swarm of drones. Source: Techniques for Combined Arms for Air Defense.

One of the attack tactics may be the attack of a swarm of drones, terrorist or organized by a hostile state, causing damage to the airbase or troops.

"Imagine the world in Which flies several hundred drones, and one of my F-22 falls, sucked into the engine of one of them. I need authority to deal with this, "said General Holmes during a visit to the US Congress.


GT: Combat use of the multi-copter in Syria

Increasingly, small commercial drones are used in modern hot spots by terrorists and insurgents, and even government troops from Iraq and Syria. Since 2015, the US Army is studying ways to deal with a new threat – testing new types of anti-aircraft guns and laser weapons.


Copter destroyed by an experimental laser System.

Devices that can destroy unmanned aerial vehicles, including forcing them to land, are currently on field operation in Iraq to deal with the unmanned "bombers" of IGIL. The engineers of the Islamic state achieved great success in equipping commercially available drones with devices for dropping hand grenades, artillery mines and other improvised ammunition.

If General Holmes achieves the intended goal, the Air Force security service will soon be able to use such weapons as Battle Labs DroneDefender.

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