The Pentagon’s Joint Counter-Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Office has already completed trials of a high-power microwave technology called The Epirus system that has the capacity to disable multiple drones at once, according to a report. of Defense News published on Wednesday.
Effector emissions testing
This isn’t the Pentagon’s first demonstration of technology. It held two more last year in spring and autumn. This latest test takes place throughout the week from April 4 to 22 at the Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona.
“Our first focus in the first week for the high-power microwave was the quality of the effector released,” Michael DiGennaro, test team lead for JCO’s acquisition and resourcing division, said during a May 11 media roundtable.
“We’re looking at the range to include the targets that are within and the length of time to prevent or defeat the target.”
DiGennaro added that tThe Epirus system has proven successful in its assigned activities, and it “has beaten the range targets typically associated with what is currently in the field, and has the promise of being more effective in the future.”
Dealing with small UAS
The Pentagon is also reviewing technologies that can withstand small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), selecting from a total of 25 whitepapers submitted for the process. The five selected companies are Anduril Industries, Black Sage, CACI (California Analysis Center, Inc.), Rafael Systems Global Sustainment, and SAIC (Science Applications International Corporation).
“We have five complex architectures there,” DiGennaro said. “Each of them carries a number of different components for recognition, identification, tracking, and loss, and we tested each of the components individually and then as a system, ending with a scenario to ‘defend the base-operating base’. ”
These military exercises resulted in the collection of important data, which will be shared with the Department of Defense at a later date.