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Lt. Col. Dave Sousa: Marines Look at Lasers, Kinetic Tech Platforms Against Armed Drones

The U.S. Marine Corps has begun to look at several technology platforms that will work to detect, jam and target hostile drones equipped with weapons, the Marine Corps Times reported Tuesday.

Lt. Col. Dave Sousa from the Marine Corps Combat Development Command said the service branch considers water cannons, shotguns, lasers and other kinetic approaches to disrupt the connection between unmanned aerial systems and operators, Jeff Schogol writes.

Sousa told the publication in a Jan. 25 interview the Marine Corps has begun to partner with the Office of Naval Research to build the Ground-Based Air Defense Directed Energy On-the-Move platform that seeks to destroy enemy drones through lasers.

He noted that service branches such as the Air Force and Navy as well as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and academic institutions have also initiated efforts to find and deploy technology platforms against hostile drones, the report added.

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