To neutralize the Iranian drone, the US military used a new jamming system

The US military did not use traditional weaponry to neutralize an Iranian drone. It has implemented an anti-drone device to break its means of communication.

It is not good at the moment to be a drone in the vicinity of the Strait of Hormuz: on June 20, Iran shot down a RQ-4 Global Hawk of the US Army to collect information about the area – which will lead a few days later to retaliation in the form of computer attacks. A month later, on July 18th, the USA announced in turn the neutralization of an Iranian drone.

MADIS, or LMADIS, for its lightened version, is a system described as being able to detect, identify and neutralize drones by electronic attacks. In this case, once the threat is identified by its active antenna radar and its electro-optical and infrared sensors, the signal jammer takes place in order to break the link between the drone and its operator on the ground.

“The MADIS was developed specifically to combat the development of commercial armed drones,” comments the Global Security site, specializing in defense issues. The system was therefore designed to be easily deployable and transportable, to protect an advanced military base, which is not intended to last, or a temporary naval deployment.


The United States is not the only country working on mechanisms to combat drones. In France, too, important work is being done to neutralize unmanned aircraft. In 2016, the Air Force hosted at Villacoublay Air Base 107 a demonstration of several projects capable of detecting drones, assessing the threat and, if necessary, neutralizing them by jamming.

In its report for the year 2017, the General Secretariat for Defense and National Security recalled its work in cooperation with the Ministry of the Interior and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation concerning drones “considered a malicious, uncooperative malicious or cooperative but with inappropriate behavior.

More recently, during te parade on July 14, the army put forward its high-tech know-how, with drones and robots, but also by presenting very futuristic rifles carried by soldiers, which one would have said straight out of a sci-fi movie, but which turns out to be devices designed to force a drone to land again, disrupting its communications and its position in space.