The growing number of all types of unmanned air systems (UAS) operated around the world has made them a target for any type of weapon that can hit them at altitude.
The danger is not posed by the citizens of the small Colorado town of Deer Trail, which is seeking to pass a local law to legalise the “sport” of shooting down UAS with shotguns, rifles and handguns.
The law would create a licensing procedure, with UAS hunters collecting prizes for any hit.
The proposals clarify bounties on UAS and their parts. Wings or wreckage nets will be worth $25, while a mostly intact UAS will be worth $100.
This is a funny story that made headlines today, but the real dangers to UAS are not from small town citizens who dislike UAS flying over their heads.
UAS operated by armed forces are easy targets, especially when they fly low. The manufacturers are under pressure to make their products more survivable.
This pressure is growing as sensors are being developed for the detection of UAS. Russia is developing radar systems that will be capable of detecting even small UAS.
Russia will not be alone in this effort, Israeli sources say, and that, of course, is a problem that should be addressed. So, manufacturers are now considering how to make current and future UAS less detectable.
No specific details on such an effort are available, but it seems that big UAS will carry more electronic countermeasures. Another possibility is to operate “swarms” of small UAS, so that some can penetrate the defended area.