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In mid-March, General David Perkins, the head of the US Training and Army Doctrine Command, announced that a ‘very close US ally’ shot down a small $200 drone, using a $3 million MIM-104 Patriot missile.
This encounter with a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) drone did not pose any physical danger, but demonstrated the gap in force-appropriate responses to the threats posed by low-value drones.
Speaking at a RUSI roundtable in January, Perkins noted that the West is overwhelmingly on the winning side of the kinetic exchange with adversarial groups. However, when it comes to the economic exchange, there is a massive disparity as seen by the shooting down of a cheap quadcopter using a very large multi-million dollar piece of ordinance.
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