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US more than doubling its commitment of Phoenix Ghost kamikaze drones to Ukraine

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The United States has committed to sending an additional 1,100 Phoenix Ghost loitering munitions to Ukraine as part of a new $400 million security assistance package.

New Army white paper lays out vision for high-tech force in 2030

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The "Army of 2030" vision highlights key technologies and other priorities for making the service a more “data centric" force.

Pentagon tight-lipped about new counter-drone technology destined for Ukraine

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The latest tranche of U.S. security assistance for Ukraine includes what Defense officials have vaguely described as a “suite” of counter-drone technologies.

Counter-drone tech, radars included in new $1.1B Ukraine assistance package

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Drones have played a key role during the Ukraine-Russia war for both sides.

L3Harris reveals delivery timeline for VAMPIRE systems for Ukraine

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L3Harris expects to deliver its new counter-drone system to Ukraine within nine months of being put under contract, the company told FedScoop. The Vehicle-Agnostic Modular Palletized ISR Rocket Equipment (VAMPIRE) technology was part of a broader $3 billion military aid package announced by the Biden administration earlier this week. However, when the new weapons tranche was first announced Wednesday, it was unclear how long it would take for the VAMPIRE…

Pentagon’s counter-UAS chief wants more widespread training on drone-killer systems

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The Ukraine-Russia war highlights the need for more U.S. troops to learn how to use counter-drone weapons on the frontlines of future battlefields, according to the director of the Pentagon’s Joint Counter-small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Office (JCO). Ukraine and Russia have employed a variety of airborne robotic platforms in the ongoing conflict — including modified commercial drones — for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and to attack their adversary’s forces.…

New legislation would slash DOD funding for counter-drone systems

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The chairman’s mark of the Senate Appropriations Committee’s fiscal 2023 defense spending bill would allocate $106 million less the Army’s budget estimate to buy capabilities to defeat small drones — even as lawmakers and Defense officials sound the alarm about the growing threat posed by such systems. The new legislation, released Thursday, recommends $220 million for Army procurement of counter-small unmanned aerial system (C-sUAS) technology, about 33 percent less than…

Bill would prod Pentagon to accelerate fielding of new tech to defeat drone swarms

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The Senate Armed Services Committee’s version of the fiscal 2023 National Defense Authorization Act calls for the Pentagon to come up with a new strategy for fielding systems capable of defeating swarms of enemy drones that U.S. troops may face on future battlefields. The text of the legislation, released last week, includes a number of provisions aimed at addressing the emerging threat. While the Department of Defense has already set…

American kamikazes: Pentagon has big plans for suicide drones

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Multiple branches of the U.S. military are eager to add more loitering munitions to their arsenals. The weapons will give them new tools, but the technology also poses a threat to American forces that must be countered, experts say. These types of systems, sometimes referred to as kamikaze drones or suicide drones, are different than traditional munitions because of their ability to loiter and search for targets to strike. They…