U.S. forces are using modern counter drone system in Iraq

Counter-UAV system mounted on U.S. FMTV truck outside Mosul
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U.S. troops are using modern counter drone system in Iraq. The Anti-UAV Defence System developed by Blighter Surveillance Systems Ltd and mounted on U.S. FMTV truck was spotted outside Mosul in northern Iraq.

The AUDS (Anti-UAV Defence System) is a counter drone system that is designed to disrupt and neutralise unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) engaged in hostile airborne surveillance and potentially malicious activity. The AUDS system combines electronic-scanning radar target detection, electro-optical (EO) tracking/classification and directional RF inhibition capability.

According to the company, the AUDS is a smart-sensor and effector package capable of remotely detecting small UAVs and then tracking and classifying them before providing the option to disrupt their activity. The system may be used in remote or urban areas to prevent UAVs being used for terrorist attacks, espionage or other malicious activities against sites with critical infrastructure.

AUDS Anti-UAV Defence System

According to the group’s own media releases, ISIS carried out dozens of drone strikes already in the month of February.

ISIS has relied on a wide variety of drones to defend its stronghold in the Iraqi city of Mosul — largely “commercial off-the-shelf drones to observe and drop explosives on the Iraqi security force and civilian positions,” coalition spokesman Col. John Dorrian said in early February.

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