Feasibility of Indirect Fire for Countering Swarms of small Unmanned Aerial Systems is a Naval Post Graduate School thesis by Matthew Parsons.
This study explores the creation of a counter-swarm indirect fire capability in the Marine Corps’ existing ground-based air defense and fire support framework. The thesis proposes a new approach by establishing the specifications for an artillery shell with effects specifically intended to disrupt sUAS operations. The proposed shell targets the electromagnetic spectrum weaknesses of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) by incorporating expendable jammers as a payload in a cargo-carrying projectile. This capability has the potential to counter swarm threats effectively. It can be employed from the area of operations in the rear to assist units under sUAS attack within the artillery piece’s range.
Publication Date- June 2020
Feasibility of Indirect Fire for Countering Swarms of small Unmanned Aerial Systems contains the following major sections:
- Unmanned Aerial Systems and Countermeasures
- Artillery as a C-UAS Strategy
- Navigation Warfare and C-UAS
- Artillery Shell Design and Simulation
- Conclusions and Recommendations
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Author- Major Matthew Parsons, United States Marine Corps
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