Recent attacks by ISIS in Syria and Iraq have changed the 21st-century battlespace by employing airborne drones for reconnaissance and attacks.
Task Force Spartan personnel took action to counter the threat by familiarizing themselves with a counter-drone technology using inexpensive, airborne, commercially available drones at Camp Buehring on April 6, 2017. If a recent familiarization course is any indication, video game enthusiasts may have been training for the fight against ISIS their entire lives.
Soldiers trained with DroneDefender, a point-and-shoot, electromagnetic, rifle-shaped weapon that disrupts communications between a remote-controlled drone and its operator. While the U.S. military works on a range of options to counter drone technology, the system provides a safer and more accurate alternative than other methods, such as shooting drones with a rifle.
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