The US Army tests a prototype anti-drone cyber system

 The use of drones in conflicts in urban environments has taken on an unprecedented scale in recent years, particularly in the Syrian theater. The use by different factions – including the Islamic State organization – of civilian drones, simply loaded with grenades or small explosive charges, to strike the positions of government forces (including the famous “Golden Division”), has caused a significant share losses, particularly during the battle of Mosul. 

Based on the observation that nothing, as it stands, makes it possible to prevent this type of threat which is difficult to detect while being relatively simple to implement – ​​certain models can be “controlled” with a simple smartphone – the US Army has decided to develop a prototype of countermeasures based on cyber means intended to make it possible to detect, or even target, these aircraft in order to tighten the mesh of the “protection bubble” covering the evolution of troops on the ground. 

Born from the will of the US Army Cyber ​​Command (ARCYBER), itself part of the US Cyber ​​Command, and implemented by the 780th Military Intelligence Brigade, this initiative aims to integrate cyber means into the units of the American army. These are added to the already well-stocked component of environment change capabilities of American infantrymen. If this type of equipment targets drones, ground troops already have means of transmission, intelligence and electronic warfare. 

According to the US Army press release, this “interim solution”, which is about to undergo a number of improvements during the testing phase, both from a capability and operational point of view, will be the subject of an evaluation in an operational situation at during the summer by the US Special Operations Command, followed by an integration phase of multiple software updates aimed at improving the overall performance of the system. 

Jean Lebougre
Cyberwarfare Specialist 

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