Special forces testing new anti-drone systems

The Navy’s special forces and the Defense Department’s tech innovation unit are looking at commercially developed gear to counter the growing threat of weaponized consumer drones on the battlefield.

The DOD’s Navy Special Warfare Command signed a $1.5 million deal with San Diego-based SkySafe to test a field-deployed mobile counter-drone system aimed at detecting, identifying, tracking and intercepting a blossoming fleet of commercial drones outfitted to attack U.S. forces.

Although the system is aimed at military applications, it could also be used by domestic security agencies to protect critical infrastructure, large public events and other vulnerable targets in the U.S., according to SkySafe CEO Grant Jordan.

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Source: FCW – The Business of Federal Technology.