Amerikkalaisen Defense One -julkaisun mukaan USA valmistelee vakoiluun tarkoitettujen minikoptereiden laukaisua ohjuksella. Itse asiassa kyse on ohjuksen ja kopterin sekasikiöstä.
Kopterin tarkoitus on määrätyntaajuisen signaalin sieppaus ja sen jälkeen tulenjohto kohteeseen.
Varsinainen ase on piilossa pinnan alla ja se laukaistaan miehittämättömästä sukellusveneestä.
Signals-intelligence collection and drones are coming together in new packages for forward-deployed troops.
In the 1984 film “Runaway,” an archvillain (played by Gene Simmons) uses bullets that bob and weave around obstacles to kill specific people. The U.S. Marines are looking for something similar: a cross between a drone and a missile that can pick up a specific radio frequency and then strike its source from above.
“We can bring those type of unmanned systems to where our reconnaissance units are forward, and they can launch their own capabilities, LOCUST-type capabilities” — the Office of Naval Research’s cannon-launched swarmbot program — “or lethal munitions,” said Lt. Gen. Robert S. Walsh, who commands Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development Command is the deputy commandant for ,Combat Development and Integration said at the Unmanned Systems Defenseconference on Tuesday. “They can sense, locate different signals and then attack those capabilities in advance of our soldiers, keeping them out of harm’s way.”
Such munitions might be fired from the kind of unmanned underwater vehicles that Rear Adm. Tim Gallaudet, Navy oceanographer, has observed in testing off Hawaii. Gallaudet described an experiment in which a robot submarine surfaced and passed targeting information to a Puma UAV, allowing an over-the-horizon kill. “That was really fun to do,” he said.
The Marines have already begun deploying drones with signals intelligence and electronic surveillance payloads, sending them out with Marine expeditionary units as detailed in the Marine 2016 Aviation Plan.
“Right now, we have the capabilities to be able to [do direction finding] on different radio frequencies, being able to find that and then target that that via other means,” Walsh said.
The Marines have been testing a signals-intelligence payload called Spectral Bat on the RQ-21 Blackjack drone.