Use of Water for Counter Unmanned Aerial Systems (C-UAS) is a Defense Systems Information Analysis Center (DSAIC) report prepared by Taylor H. Knight.

The DSAIC was tasked with investigating existing studies on water utilization as a counter-unmanned aerial system (C-UAS). C-UAS systems encompass two main areas: detection and tracking systems and interdiction methods. An example of interdiction employed in C-UAS involves using a water projector or water cannon. A water cannon successfully brought down a drone during a C-UAS exercise at the 2016 U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory’s Commander’s Challenge. In addition, the Navy utilizes water cannons and water barrier lines to protect their platforms against high-speed, sea-skimming, anti-ship cruise missiles. Implementing a water-based defense system, such as a wall of water, offers a cost-effective and versatile solution for Navy ships, which could be adapted for C-UAS purposes. Moreover, various water-based technologies employed in firefighting and anti-piracy operations hold promise for potential application in C-UAS scenarios.

Use of Water for Counter Unmanned Aerial Systems (C-UAS) contains the following major sections:

  • TI Request
  • TI Response
  • References

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Author- Taylor H. Knight

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