U.S. military nudges European allies on countering small drones

April 22, 2021

Defense News:

The U.S. military is trying to push its European allies to boost their capabilities against small unmanned aerial vehicles, as Western forces absorb lessons from the conflict last year in Nagorno-Karabakh, dubbed the first true “drone war.”

U.S. European Command chief Air Force Gen. Tod Wolters told lawmakers in Washington that plans for the region involve “enforcing our allies and partners to improve” their capabilities in counter-drone warfare.

“In Europe, we have to ensure that – from an indications and warnings standpoint – our integrated air and missile defense programs take into account the capabilities of these systems,” Wolters said at an April 15 House Armed Services Committee hearing.

Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I., had asked Wolters if U.S. forces were in good enough shape to counter drones executing attacks in a coordinated fashion…

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