U.S. Air Force Testing Drone-Snagging Shotgun Shells

U.S. Air Force Testing Drone-Snagging Shotgun Shells
March 27, 2017 | Source: The Drive, thedrive.com, 13 March 2017, Joseph Trevithick

U.S.  Air Force security forces, as well as other military personnel and federal law enforcement agencies, may soon be getting a new tool to take down small commercial drones: shotgun shells with a net. The special cartridge is just one system the Pentagon has been looking at to manage the growing threat from small and readily available quad-and hex-copter-type unmanned aircraft.

On Jan. 31, 2017, the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) announced plans to buy and evaluate 600 12 gauge SkyNet Mi-5 shells from AMTEC Less Lethal Systems (ALS). If the Air Force was happy with the tests’ results, the service would have the option of buying another 6,400 rounds.