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Mini UAV as an improvised air threat

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Author: Kraker, K.J. de · Wiel, R.A.N. van de
Type:article
Date:2013
Publisher: Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International
Source:AUVSI Unmanned Systems 2013, Washington, DC, USA, 12-15 August 2013, 1, 849-861
Identifier: 500191
Keywords: Aviation · Improvised explosive devices · Mini-UAV · Defence Research · Defence, Safety and Security · Mechatronics, Mechanics and Materials Organisation · WS - Weapon Systems MO - Military MO - Military Operations · TS - Technical Sciences

Abstract

The use of UAVs for military and law enforcement purposes is increasing dramatically. Simultaneously, possible opponents are also developing UAV capabilities that they may deploy for their purposes. For example, a terrorist may deploy a commercially available model airplane or multicopter with an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). Or in the near future an unfriendly nation may deploy a swarm of small weaponized UAVs that cooperate in an attack. Awareness of this type of threat is growing, and nations are intensifying their research & development of countermeasures. Here we focus on the significant threat imposed by Mini UAVs, especially on the improvised Mini UAV threat. We present the main challenges in countering the emerging threat of Mini UAVs. This consists of opportunities and challenges in detecting as well in neutralizing this type of threat.