Active denial = UAVs

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Overheard this morning on Raytheon’s second quarter earnings conference call with analysts,  CEO Bill Swanson compared the acceptance of active denial technology to that of unmanned aerial vehicles.

If Swanson’s analogy is literally accurate, that would mean hundreds or thousands of such systems fielded within the next few years.

“The way I see AD [active denial] is almost the way UAVs and unmanned vehicles came out. Ten years ago you could count the number on one hand, and nowthere are thousands flying in Iraq … And AD is the same way. You got to getthrough the barrier but once you do people are going to understand that it’sbetter to shout and stun rather than shout and shoot and kill somebody.”

It’s no trivial issue for Swanson’s missile system’s division, which is almost alone in the industry in its pursuit of active denial systems. Swanson acknowledged that new missile sales cannot drive the division’s growth into the future, so the success of spin-off technologies such as active denial are critical.

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4 Responses to Active denial = UAVs

  1. Mike Plunkett 25 July, 2008 at 5:14 pm #

    To depart on a tangent for a moment, instead of AD = UAV, has anyone considered AD vs UAV?

  2. Stephen Trimble 25 July, 2008 at 5:23 pm #

    Oooo. Go on …

  3. Mike Plunkett 25 July, 2008 at 11:07 pm #

    Well it just struck me that point a relatively high energy microwave emitter at UAV probably isn’t going to do it any good. If AD is supposed to deter people by suddenly and greatly raising the temperature of the outer layers of their skin, then that would likely also play havoc with the systems on a UAV. Plus of course electronics and microwaves just don’t get on…

  4. John Penta 28 July, 2008 at 9:00 pm #

    Problem with this whole thesis re ADS: The “Won’t use it on your own people” problem.

    No court would eeeeeever allow ADS to be used in the US – and I don’t see a police department shelling out for something so likely to get them sued over.

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