As drone technology gains greater public attention, along with its potential for hostile action against U.S. targets, Army engineers are seeking to adapt ongoing research to counter aerial systems that could threaten Soldiers.
At Picatinny Arsenal, the Extended Area Protection and Survivability Integrated Demonstration, or EAPS ID, began as an Army Technology Objective program. The goal was to develop and demonstrate technology that could support a gun-based solution to counter rockets, artillery and mortars, or C-RAM.
Research into enhanced C-RAM technology had the goal of extending the range and probability of success against the incoming threat. “The smaller and smaller the protective area, the more efficient the gun systems become compared to missiles,” said Manfredi Luciano, the project officer for the EAPS system at Picatinny. “You don’t need as many, and the gun system has certain logistics advantages.”