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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP22 Jan 2018 10:52 a.m. PST

and Fast

"Recent conflicts in Armenia, Iraq, Syria and Ukraine have demonstrated the widespread adoption of drones by state actors as well as rebel and terrorist groups for reconnaissance purposes and as improvised attack platforms carrying grenades or explosive charges. Most recently, Russian air-defense vehicles and electronic-warfare assets in Syria reportedly defeated a simultaneous rebel attack by 13 kamikaze drones.

To counter such threats, U.S. troops needs fast-reacting short-range air defense systems, or SHORADS and better yet, they need them in a package that can move with frontline units on the battlefield, which the Army dubs "Maneuver SHORADS."

For decades the U.S. military has counted on fighter jets to achieve air supremacy, and focused land-based defenses on long-range Patriot missiles as a counter to tactical ballistic missiles. But while long-range missiles and patrolling jet fighters may be able to engage a few drones at a time, both are impractical to employ against large numbers of tiny systems that might be dramatically cheaper than the missiles used to destroy them…."
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Lion in the Stars25 Jan 2018 12:38 p.m. PST

You mean like the Marksman AA turret mounted on an Abrams chassis?

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