U.S. Army soldiers being deployed to Afghanistan were taught how to counter COTS drones

Soldiers from the U.S. Army’s 1st Battalion 178th Infantry Regiment were taught how to counter commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) drones in a course conducted by the 5th Armored Brigade, First Army Division West.

Soldiers from 5th Armored Brigade, First Army Division West, developed a course of instruction to counter the threat of commercial, off-the-shelf unmanned aerial surveillance vehicles at McGregor Range Complex, N.M., June 28, 2019. Currently, there is no doctrine in place to train soldiers how to deal with COTS UAS.(Photo by Staff Sgt. Mylinda DuRousseau)

This is the first time that a unit had received deliberate training on counter-unmanned aircraft systems.

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