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AUSA Global: Patriot used to shoot down quadcopter

20th March 2017 - 12:00 GMT | by Scott Gourley in Huntsville, Alabama

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News that a Patriot air defence missile was used to shoot down a small quadcopter brought groans from some audience members at this week's Association of the US Army (AUSA) Global Forces event in Huntsville, Alabama.

In his presentation about the emerging multi-domain battle concept, Gen David Perkins, Commander of US Army Training and Doctrine Command, used the incident to illustrate the challenges that unmanned aerial systems are presenting to both kinetic and economic exchange ratios.

'Instead of synchronising a series of federated solutions further down the process stream of executing the mission, from the very beginning we want

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