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Navy Seeks Counter-UAS Solution Proposals Amid Growing Threats

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Navy Seeks Counter-UAS Solution Proposals Amid Growing Threats

The Department of the Navy is seeking proposals for a kinetic defeat solution for unmanned aircraft systems for the United States, its allies and partner forces.

According to the Navy, the proposed solution needs to feature several primary attributes, including the ability to support the full kill chain with both “human in/on-the-loop” control modes and be technically mature in its development phase. The service branch also seeks contractors capable of delivering five production prototypes within 12 months of receiving an award, the Defense Innovation Unit said.

The service branch is seeking proposals for Counter NEXT as the nation is facing growing UAS-powered threats from its adversaries. In the last eight months, the U.S. has recorded UAS attacks that resulted in the deaths of three seafarers and the complete loss of a commercial vessel, among other casualties. 

The effort to identify a cost-effective yet reliable counter-drone solution has been a priority for the service. In May, Adm. Fred Pyle, director of surface warfare at the U.S. Navy and a past Potomac Officers Club event speaker, said the Navy has started work on a solution that counters lower-end threats and also addresses the significant spending associated with the mission.

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