$3.4 Million Patriot Missile VS $200 Quadcopter

If you think shooting down a drone with a firearm is crazy, think again. A US Army general has recently revealed something that redefines crazy altogether in the world of drones — the story of a Patriot surface-to-air missile which was used to shoot down a $200 quadcopter.

Now that’s the equivalent of a hand grenade being used to kill a single mosquito! An epic overkill that will probably not be eclipsed for many years to come. Word of the Patriot – quadcopter encounter first reached the media at the 2017 AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition when General David Perkins of the US Army Training and Doctrine Command revealed in a speech that a close US ally had shot down a $200 quadcopter using a Patriot missile.

Although General Perkins did not reveal where and when the encounter took place, it is quite obvious that it probably happened recently in Syria or Iraq — conflict zones in which off-the-shelf enthusiast drones have been used for surveillance and combat operations by various warring factions.

In a video of Perkins’ speech uploaded on YouTube, the general noted “That quadcopter that cost 200 bucks from Amazon.com did not stand a chance against a Patriot,” before commenting that using a Patriot to shoot down an enthusiast drone is probably not a good economic exchange ratio. At that point in his speech, Perkins was speaking about the command weaknesses of air defense systems and how to overcome them.

In the video above, Perkins’ talks about the Patriot – drone encounter 14 minutes in.

(Photo by Raytheon)



Adrin Sham

Adrin Sham is a designer and photographer turned drone enthusiast. Since buying a drone for aerial photography some years ago, he has since developed a passion for UAVs and all things related.

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