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Raytheon's Evan Hunt: DoD Must Assess More Tech to Counter Mid-Sized Drones

Raytheon's Evan Hunt: DoD Must Assess More Tech to Counter Mid-Sized Drones - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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Evan Hunt, business development director for high-energy lasers at Raytheon, has said the Department of Defense should put more focus on testing counter-unmanned aerial system technology for mid-sized drones, Air Force Magazine reported Thursday.

Hunt told the publication that most counter-UAS exercises revolve around drones in the Groups 1 and 2 categories, which include the smallest aircraft. He noted that there should be more tests on Group 3 drones, which can operate at 18K feet above sea level.

He added that the DoD can utilize technologies like 50-kilowatt lasers and Raytheon's Coyote anti-UAS aircraft to defeat Group 3 drones. Surface-to-air missiles are also plausible options, but nonmilitary entities such as airports may not be able to afford such capabilities.

“Any kinetic system is an investment,“ said Hunt. “If you run out of missiles, you need more missiles. You need spares, you need to store those things in a careful manner. There's inspections, there's all this overhead associated with kinetics.“

According to Hunt, Raytheon seeks to engage with an Army-led DoD office responsible for anti-drone initiatives focused on base security.

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