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U.S. Army’s BLADE system shots down drones using a machine gun

The U.S. Army’s Ballistic Low Altitude Drone Engagement (BLADE) system has proven that it can bring down unmanned aerial systems at close ranges during a machine gun mounted on the Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station (CROWS).

A close-up of the BLADE prototype mounted on a truck during an engineering test in June at Fort Dix, New Jersey. Along with the BLADE system, advanced radar technology helps determine the range, elevation, size and speed of incoming aircraft and projectiles. (Photo by Marian Popescu, CCDC Armaments Center BLADE team)


So far, the system has attained technology readiness Level 6 whereby it can be made a program of record.

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