Two officers from the Joint Counter-Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Office said the military has extended the scope of efforts to boost defenses against drone threats, Army Times reported Saturday.
Col. Marc Pelini, division chief for capabilities and requirements at JCO, said Thursday at the Association of the U.S. Army's virtual conference that the office will expand its focus to cover tier III threats.
The military uses artificial intelligence to simplify the task of countering enemy UAS, including those that threaten tanks and infantry units. This focus expansion would require bolstered threat detection on smaller unmanned aircraft systems.
Maj. Gen. Sean Gainey, JCO director, said the military downselected a list of counter-UAS priorities based on sustainment, effectiveness, usability and integration.
The downselected list includes mounted and mobile systems, handheld systems and command and control. JCO will conduct an open house on Oct. 30th to assess other options with the help of industry.