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USN Laser and Drone swarms....

NavyShooter

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Saw an interesting video last evening discussing the USN's use of their fancy new laser on the USS Portland.

Also some VERY interesting discussion about drone swarm encounters off the coast of California in their OP Areas - the question of where the drones come from was left hanging - and it seems from the video as though they are NOT part of an exercise, rather, potentially state actors somehow deploying drones in USN training areas offshore.


Some very interesting info, some really good questions in the comments below the video.

My thoughts - is this an isolated situation? Was this a US Training exercise with the drones launched from a US ship or aircraft, or were these someone else's drones?

There's far more questions than answers.

How would/will the RCN deal with this when we encounter drone swarm technologies? Broad spectrum active jamming will probably work.

Some things to ponder.
 

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1583 rounds in the drum, bursts of 60-200 rounds - maximum of 26 bursts (60 rds), supposing it takes 2-3 bursts to get each drone, you'll only take down 8-10 drones from a swarm...
 

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1583 rounds in the drum, bursts of 60-200 rounds - maximum of 26 bursts (60 rds), supposing it takes 2-3 bursts to get each drone, you'll only take down 8-10 drones from a swarm...
Would something like the 35mm millennium with fragmentation ammunition work better?
 

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My thoughts - is this an isolated situation? Was this a US Training exercise with the drones launched from a US ship or aircraft, or were these someone else's drones?

There's far more questions than answers.
It could have been testing & evaluation of a defense program, some kind of red team exercise etc...perhaps deployed from a sub/UUV. If it was operations conducted by another state/non-state actor, they obviously have some technical prowess & don't appear too concerned about potential attribution. I can understand how that potentiality would be unsettling to some.

I'm sure all relevant collection is being reviewed by the appropriate stakeholders.
 
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