By Jon Dougherty
(NationalSentinel) Elements of the U.S. Marine Corps have been outfitted with a brand-new drone killing weapon that was successfully deployed against an Iranian craft on Thursday, showing huge promise and potential for additional defensive applications.
As reported by Military.com, the weapon is called the Light Marine Air Defense Integrated System, or LMADIS, and it attaches to all-terrain vehicles to scan the skies in areas of operation for enemy aircraft from aboard Navy ship.
And one was used to pluck an Iranian drone out of the sky this week.
An LMADIS was used to jam the drone which, according to President Donald Trump, flew within 1,000 yards of a Navy ship transiting the Strait of Hormuz. A defense official confirmed the president’s statements but declined to speak further due to the sensitivity of the mission.
Military.com noted further:
The California-based 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit deployed to the Middle East with the LMADIS, the defense official said. That unit, which includes about 2,200 Marines, is currently on a six-month sea deployment with the Navy’s Boxer Amphibious Ready Group.
Trump said the amphibious assault ship Boxer took defensive action after giving multiple calls to stand down.
“This is the latest of many provocative and hostile actions by Iran against vessels operating in international waters,” the president said.
“The United States reserves the right to defend our personnel, our facilities and interests and calls upon all nations to condemn Iran’s attempts to disrupt freedom of navigation and global commerce.”
Chief Pentagon Spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman confirmed to Fox News in a statement: “At approximately 10 a.m. local time, the amphibious ship USS Boxer was in international waters conducting a planned inbound transit of the Strait of Hormuz.
“A fixed-wing unmanned aerial system (UAS) approached Boxer and closed within a threatening range. The ship took defensive action against the UAS to ensure the safety of the ship and its crew,” Hoffman added.
The LMADIS is a maneuverable system installed on MRZR all-terrain vehicles. One of the MRZRs is a command vehicle while the other is an electronic-warfare platform, according to a Marine Corps video that describes it.
Normally, the system is deployed on the ground but recently has been added to Navy warships as a testbed.
The LMADIS utilizes radar and cameras to scan the skies in search of drones. The system is capable of detecting friendly and hostile systems. After identifying a threat, the LMADIS uses radio frequencies to jam it, C4ISR reported in May.
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