By Ed Lopez, Picatinny Arsenal Public Affairs
PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. (Oct. 5, 2015) — Army engineers, who are seeking to adapt ongoing research to counter aerial systems that could threaten Soldiers, successfully shot down two aircraft as part of their final technology demonstration.
Although the research project began with the objective to counter rockets, artillery and mortars, the project scope was expanded to include threats from unmanned aerial threats, sometime called drones, whose use has expanded rapidly.
“It’s unbelievable how much it’s exploded,” said Manfredi Luciano about the use of drones.
“Every country has them now, whether they are armed or not or what level of performance. This is a huge threat has been coming up on everybody. It has kind of almost sneaked up on people, and it’s almost more important than the counter-RAM threat.”