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Counter-Drone Exercise Black Dart Expands, Moves To Eglin AFB

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EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Exercise controllers in the 46th Test Squadron’s Air Operations Center control the airspace and ground personnel participating in the Bold Quest Plus exercise held on Eglin ranges in 2008. Bold Quest Plus is designed to test in field conditions the updates and upgrades in the tactics, techniques and procedures used by coalition and U.S. forces to improve combat identification. The TTPs and technology was being developed and tested as part of the exercise, if successful, can be fielded almost immediately. (Department of Defense photo/Staff Sgt. Joe Laws)

PENTAGON: The 2016 edition of Black Dart, the Defense Department’s formerly classified counter-drone exercise, expands to Eglin Air Force Base this year, in search of more space and more capabilities, including ships. “Eglin will allow us to deliver added uncertainty in the way of providing multiple locations for launching UAS at different distances so we can explore the… Keep reading →

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Marine Sniper In Helicopter Kills A Drone! Black Dart Results

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Most of what was learned at this year’s Black Dart counter-drone exercise will remain classified, but it proved that one of the oldest and deadliest weapons in the U.S. arsenal works against the 21st Century threat of drones, too. “The Marine sniper shot from a UH-1Y Huey,” Lt. Cdr. Ryan Leary, a Black Dart project… Keep reading →

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