The Navy Wants to Give Its Bigger Planes a Way to Shoot Down MissilesMay 10, 2018
As the U.S. Navy reorients towards powers such as Russia and China with their own large air forces, the sea service wants to outfit its larger, non-combat warplanes with small interceptors meant to shoot down incoming missiles air to air missiles.
The technology would be the first active defense system operating in the skies. The interceptors would be carried by the planes themselves or a robotic bodyguard. The Navy issued a Request for Information from the defense industry on May 3rd.
According to FlightGlobal, the service calls the concept “Hard Kill Self-Protection Countermeasure System,” or HKSPCS. HKSPCS would consist of interceptors carried in a pod or internally in an aircraft that would launch to shoot down incoming missiles. Alternately, the interceptors could be carried by a drone escort, or wingman.