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$3M Patriot missile takes down $200 drone

$3M Patriot missile takes down $200 drone

While the Islamic state has started strapping explosives onto drone to make them accurate weapons, the U.S. lacks a cost effective way of knocking them out.

Reports say that a "very close" ally of the US has fired a $3 million Patriot missile to take out a small quadcopter drone, which goes for around $200 on online stores.

As Perkins notes, using a $3.4 million missile to destroy a civilian drone is enormous overkill.

"That quadcopter that cost 200 bucks from Amazon.com did not stand a chance against a Patriot", said Gen David G Perkins, commander of the US Army Training and Doctrine Command, in a speech posted to YouTube on Monday by the US Army and first reported by the BBC, reports CNET. But a single missile can cost between $2.5 million and $3.4 million.

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Patriots - which cost about £2.7million a pop - are created to detect and destroy moving targets like ballistic missiles and gun down aircraft.

As Perkins noted, the disparity between the price of the Patriot and the price of the drone calls the overall wisdom of the tactic into question.

Perkins told an audience at the Association of the United States Army's Global Force symposium in Alabama that the strike on the drone (file) was made by a "very close" USA ally.

"I am not sure that it is a good economic exchange ratio, in fact, if I am the enemy, I am thinking 'I am just going to go on eBay and buy as many of these $300 quadcopters that I can and expend all these Patriot missiles, '" he said.

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Some groups have reportedly started converting commercial drones into bombers to fight security forces.

According to Wikipedia, the MIM-104 Patriot is a surface-to-air missile (SAM) system used by the United States Army and several allied nations.

The solution to dealing with the threat of small, cheap drone threats, Perkins said, instead may lie in finding non-"kinetic" ways to take them out, citing electronic jamming and cyber warfare as two potential defenses.

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