A US Ally Shot Down a $200 Drone With a $3 Million Patriot Missile

Perkins’ discussion during the symposium centered on the intricacy of a military organization in the arena, and the way the interconnected character of air, earth, and sea forces may result in a fragmented response to a risk between the commanders that are in charge of particular regions. “The gut instinct was,” he clarifies, “that is an air defense issue, for the reason that they are in the air.” “In fact,” he went on to say, “we have an extremely close friend of ours that was coping with an opponent using little quadcopter UASs, and they shot it down with a Patriot missile.” The problem, he said, was not effectiveness: the miniature drone did not stand a chance — the issue is economics.

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