Net-centric warfare, but with actual nets

The US Air Force is now seeking suppliers for a “counter ultra light aircraft/paratrooper system” (CULAPS, for short). According to the solicitation, here’s the basic idea:

The CULAPS system is envisaged as a lightweight net aimed and firedfrom the ground that envelopes the target and thereby removes thetarget’s lift bringing it to the ground. The system should belightweight (man/vehicle portable) and have an effective vertical rangeof greater than 500 feet. An attribute of the system should include thepotential for linking the firing system to a sensor system forautomated remote operation.

If you are an interested supplier — or if you are, say, Spiderman — you have until 20 February to submit your response.


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4 Responses to Net-centric warfare, but with actual nets

  1. EG 21 January, 2009 at 6:59 pm #

    Pardon me,
    But if I fire a net that removes lift from a paratrooper from 500 feet AGL by collapsing his canopy, how is this non-lethal?

  2. Stephen Trimble 21 January, 2009 at 7:17 pm #

    I asked myself this same question. Of course, Spiderman has the power, if I’m not mistaken, to lower such an object gently to the ground.

  3. Royce 21 January, 2009 at 7:26 pm #

    Is netting paratroopers with a man portable networked system something the air force really needs to be thinking about when it’s scrambling for money? You’d think that the people dedicated to capturing paratroopers in mid-air could be used someplace else.

  4. Ed Otto Pernotto 23 January, 2009 at 4:16 am #

    Gawd, This makes my head hurt. “Collapsing lift” would most likely cause the paratrooper to fall to the ground and probably be wounded/crippled, not killed, how’s that for a headline? Air Force develops weapon to cripple enemies!

    Bottom line, if I’m responsible for defending Air Base X and “paratroopers” or ultra-lights are flying over my base, say hello to my little/big friends and at minimum, eat some Ma Duece justice.

    Ask Frank Luke how he’d have dealt with this.

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