May 2017 Counter-UAS Newsletter

C-UAS News

The Telegraph: Specialist squad set up to stop drones dropping contraband into prisons

“Criminal gangs who fly drones into prisons to smuggle drugs to inmates have been warned “we will find you” after a specialist squad was formed to tackle the growing problem.”

UAS Vision: Mobile High Energy Laser Downs Drones in Maneuvers

“The U.S. Army is becoming more and more concerned about the dangers unmanned aircraft pose to its soldiers. In one recent exercise, the service showed off one potential solution, a specially modified Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicle (ICV) with a laser.”

UAS Vision: Swarms of Drones Test New Dogfighting Skills

“Aerial dogfighting began more than a century ago in the skies over Europe with propeller-driven fighter aircraft carried aloft on wings of fabric and wood. An event held recently in southern California could mark the beginning of a new chapter in this form of aerial combat.”

You Tube: An Overview of DARPA’s Service Academies Swarm Challenge

“DARPA created the Service Academies Swarm Challenge to help make effective unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) swarm tactics a reality. The Challenge is a collaboration between the Agency and the three U.S. military Service academies—the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, and the U.S. Air Force Academy. An experiment at its heart, the research effort is designed to encourage students to develop innovative offensive and defensive tactics for swarms of small UAVs.”

You Tube: Service Academies Swarm Challenge: Game Play and Challenges

“DARPA’s Service Academies Swarm Challenge is an aerial game of Capture the Flag played by swarms of unmanned aerial vehicles overseen by human operators. The competition, being waged by students from the three U.S. military Service academies, is an opportunity for the next generation of operators and tacticians to explore and understand swarm-versus-swarm interactions.”

Army Times: The Army is adding the ‘Dronebuster’ to its set of anti-drone tools

“The newest tool in the Army’s counter-drone arsenal is the “Dronebuster,” a 5-pound radar gun-like device that soldiers can use to jam weaponized commercial drones while at remote forward operating bases or on foot patrol. “

CBS 8: Private drone shot out of the sky in Morgan County

“On most evenings in Morgan County, Brad Jones would be outside of his home flying his drone and taking breathtaking shots of the sunsets; however, his hobby came to an abrupt end when the drone was shot out of the sky.”

BBC: Cash offered after drones disrupt flights in China

“Chinese drone maker DJI is offering up to one million yuan (£112,000) for information about drones that disrupted scores of flights at a Chinese airport.”

The Register: Drone maker DJI quietly made large chunks of Iraq, Syria no fly-zones

“Drone bods DJI has quietly released a series of software updates that geofence off large areas of Iraq and Syria – indicating the Chinese firm is covertly helping the US war against Islamic extremists.”

sUAS News: CNN journalist evades DJI GEO restrictions in Iraq

“A big fanfare from around the world last week as Kevin Finisterre revealed that DJI had initiated no-fly zones for war-torn areas. DJI drones are being used to drop primitive ordinance with deadly results.”

Mil.Today: Russian Military Tested UAV Electromagnetic Resistance

“The competitive trials of drone suppression systems took place at the range of UAV Tactical Center in Kolomna, Moscow Region, on April 27. Designer companies by turns interrupted operation of the military and civil drones.”

Asharq Al-Awsat: Special Unit to Fight Drone Terror Threats in Germany

“The spokesperson of the Federal Criminal Police Office of Germany has affirmed that a central unit specialized in confronting possible terrorist attacks through drones has been established.”

AINonline: U.S. Military, Federal Agencies Join to Counter-drone Efforts

“The U.S. military and federal agencies are coordinating efforts to protect airports and other critical sites from the threat posed by rogue unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Executives with the Federal Aviation Administration described a multi-pronged approach during a May 3 meeting of the agency’s Drone Advisory Committee (DAC).” Many Commercial Drones ‘Insecure By Design’

“Drones, many readily available on ecommerce shops such as Amazon, are plagued by vulnerabilities that could give attackers full root access to the device, read or delete files, or crash the device.” Special Analysis: The Future of Drone Wars & Countering ISIS Explosive-Laden Drones

“The battle for Mosul has been a wakeup call for drone defense. In late 2015 it emerged that ISIS had developed the capability to deliver lethal payloads using modified commercial drones, but in Mosul the attacks reached a new pitch in February with dozens of attacks a day by drones dropping grenades.”

DefenseNews: Counter-drone firm Sensofusion gains strategic foothold in US

“Sensofusion Oy, the Finland-based counter-drone measures company, has gained an important foothold in the U.S. market for military defense systems against UAVs in the wake of a landmark contract reached with the U.S. Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory and the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental, or DIUx.”

Janes/IDEF 2017: Aselsan unveils anti-UAV systems

“Aselsan has developed two counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (C-UAV) systems and showcased them at the 2017 International Defence Industry Fair in Istanbul.” This drone crashing into a bike race is every cyclist’s nightmare

“Getting hit by a car tends to be the constant fear on every cyclist’s mind. But thanks to a video going viral today, riders everywhere now have a new vehicle to worry about: drones.” Microsoft Shares Open Source Drone Training System

“When most people with normal vision walk down the street, they can easily differentiate the things they must avoid – like trees, curbs and glass doors — from the things they don’t, such as shadows, reflections and clouds.”

sUAS News: A Global Information Gathering Network for UAS – DJI data collection

“In the future, intelligence services might use the [internet of things] for identification, surveillance, monitoring, location tracking, and targeting for recruitment, or to gain access to networks or user credentials,”

Analysis & Commentary

For newsletter subscribers, AISC President Larry Friese shared his counter-UAS takeaways from AUVSI’s Exponential 2017.


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