“Stinger Anti Air Missiles” – The newest hunk of the billion dollar war industry

Drones are basically categorised as robotic vehicles, which can be further sub categorised into UAV(unmanned aerial vehicle), UCAV( unmanned combat aerial vehicle), US(unmanned spacecraft), UGV(unmanned ground vehicle), USV(unmanned surface vehicle), AUV(autonomous underwater vehicle), Multirotor and Quadcopter. These vehicles are slowly filling up the skies day by day as these are very much efficient and its very difficult to neutralise its threats. As last week, an amateur drone pilot landed his DJI quadcopter on the deck of Britain’s newest and most advanced aircraft carrier, which was totally accidental.

Video Source:Raytheon

In April, tested by the Army National Guard, at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida a refitted pair of Raytheon’s stinger anti-air missiles that were enhanced with proximity fuzes that detonate in the hood of a target, intercepting “two small unmanned airborne systems” for the first time.

The missiles featured a range of about five miles and could be launched from a shoulder –mounted cannon and attack helicopters. Flying targets like aircrafts and cruise missiles could be hit with ease using an electronic guidance and control system. The cost of each missile comes with a $38000 price tag, and Raytheon isn’t just pitching them for use against like the 48-foot-wide, $4 million predator drone.

The company confidently concludes that its missiles are the best applicable solution in taking down much smaller drones and that highly manoeuvrable and much harder to detect and engage in the air.  Nonetheless, its adverse effect is that the drones are potentially dangerous to take down aircraft flying at lower altitudes.

Technologies like electromagnetic cannons that prevent a drone pilot from properly controlling their craft seem like a much safer, and affordable solution to the problem.

Image Source: Bidlink-(U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson)

by Siddharth Sarkhel, The Blogging Connection