US Army Orders Northrop Grumman to Develop Systems to Combat Drones

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US Predator unmanned drone armed with a missile setting off from its hangar at Bagram air base in Afghanistan, November 27, 2009. - Sputnik International
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Northrop Grumman has received a $9.4 million order to develop anti-drone capability and emerging technologies in sensors and electronic warfare, the US Department of Defense announced.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The contract stipulates development of defensive rocket artillery mortar command and control tactical defense measures, the Pentagon said on Friday.

US Predator unmanned drone armed with a missile setting off from its hangar at Bagram air base in Afghanistan, November 27, 2009. - Sputnik International
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The work will include the development of counter drone capability and emerging technologies in sensors and electronic warfare. It will be carried out at the US Army's Redstone Arsenal in Alabama to be completed in Sept. 2018, the Defense Department said.

Drone technology has improved rapidly, enabling drones of all sizes and weights to be used as reconnaissance and attack aircraft. The US Army holds that drones are a significant threat to Army operations from both state and non-state actors.

There are more than 600 types of unmanned aircraft used in over 80 countries, according to the US Army Counter-Unmanned Aircraft System Strategy Extract.

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