• Anatolii S. Dudush Ivan Kozhedub Kharkiv National Air Force University, Ukraine
  • Vladislav A. Tyutyunnik Ivan Kozhedub Kharkiv National Air Force University,
  • Alexander A. Reznichenko Ivan Kozhedub Kharkiv National Air Force University,
  • Spartak U. Hohoniants National defense university of Ukraine named after Ivan Cherniakhovski,



LSS UAV, classification, threats, advantages, weak sides, countermeasures.


In the article considered one of the most intensive developing threat for civilian and military spheres – hostile use of Low, Slow and Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (LSS UAVs). The classification of the LSS UAVs is given. World tendencies of hostile use of LSS UAVs – attack and ISR – are considered. Three categories of existing threats of using LSS UAVs are distinguished. Special attention is paid to the third category of threats, the main feature of which is a high level of training of the operator that can independently assemble Plug and Fly model using COTS or military technologies and finalizing its hardware and software tools for specific tasks. Main advantages and weak sides of LSS UAVs is distinguished. Determined that the best strategy is therefore to employ a hierarchy of countermeasures including regulatory (prevention, deterrence, denial), passive (detection and interruption) and active countermeasures (destruction). State of the art and current problems of possible countermeasures is analyzed. The most promising LSS UAVs` defeat technologies is described. Most attention is paid to specialized sensors and modern active defeat means such as programmable air burst munition (PABM) and high energy laser (HEL) systems.


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