Friday, July 19, 2019

US; Knocks out Iranian UAV

(Arabian Gulf)  Whilst the Iranians love to play the part of the victim , behind the scenes of the worlds media they do love to mess about. Be it on the Pakistani border, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, Bahrain, Nigeria (yes Nigeria) or even Europe they do enjoy stiring the pot.

And so it is on the high seas, over the years the Iranians have made a name for themselves by harassing ships, under President Obama the Mad Mullahs loved nothing more than racing their missile carrying ships  towards US navy ships and then pulling away at the last moment.  Strangely enough since Trump became President, that nasty habit stopped happening (I wonder why?) Instead of ships the Iranians have started flying UAVs (drones over US ships) and then boasting to the world of their ability to thwart the US Navy. Until yesterday that is when an Iranian Drone was knocked out of the sky by the USS Boxer. whilst sailing in convoy with a number of navy ships. 

What makes this shootdown notable is that smaller UAVs have proven to be hard to target with conventional weapons (As seen in Syria, Iraq and Israel)  Yesterday the US Navy used a vehicle borne system  - Light Marine Air Defense Integrated System (LMADIS)- which apparently uses microwaves to knock UAVs out of the sky. Expect  a number of British airports (which have suffered  shutdowns due to UAVs to be very interested.

Light Marine Air Defense Integrated System (LMADIS)