- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The co-author of the thriller “Ghost Fleet” recently tweeted an image from Fire Base Bell outside Makhmour, Iraq, which seemingly shows an anti-drone rifle.

“The Things They Carried Into War: Scene from Fire Base Bell in Iraq,” Peter Singer tweeted on July 22 while referencing author and Vietnam veteran Tim O’Brien’s war-fiction classic “The Things They Carried.”

The Washington Post’s Thomas Gibbons-Neff, a Marine veteran himself, noted the apparent Battelle DroneDefender on Tuesday.

“It is unclear when the picture was taken, though the small American base was first stood up in March. Now renamed the Kara Soar Counter-Fire Complex, the outpost has been responsible for providing artillery support for Iraqi and Kurdish peshmerga forces as they attempt to move northwest into the Tigris River valley,” Mr. Gibbons-Neff wrote.

News of the the anti-drone weapon comes just weeks after the Pentagon asked Congress to shift funds already allocated for specific anti-ISIS purposes to a counter-drone plan. Officials want $20 million in seed money to counter approaching drone threats.

Army Col. Chris Garver, the Defense Department’s top spokesman in Iraq, told Bloomberg News on July 7 that ISIS has successfully deployed drones in Makhmour in Ninevah Province.

Battelle’s rifle does not fire bullets. Instead, it uses radio waves to disrupt or fully control quadcopters and hexacopters. The weapons weigh less than 15 pounds, fire a 30-degree cone, disrupt aircraft up to 400 meters away and can work continuously for up to five hours.

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