DARPA looks at ‘drone defense’ for convoys

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The US military’s research agency has opened a bid for weapons systems that could defend convoys of land vehicles or small ships from attacks by drone swarms, most likely driven by recent experiences fighting against ISIS in Iraq.

Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) fighters have mounted weapons on cheap, off-the-shelf drones on several occasions over the past few months, using them against US-backed Iraqi troops pushing towards Mosul. Although there have been no reports of a drone attack on a convoy of land vehicles yet, the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) seems to be thinking ahead.