The solution to having our drones fly over the Black Sea and other spots over international waters is to arm them all with Sidewinder or Sparrow missiles. The drones should be authorized to fire if threatened the way they were last week by Russian jets.
Another possibility would be to put a 100-pound fragmentation bomb on the drone that the operators could detonate if an aircraft is threatening it. Granted, the latter would destroy the drone but if sufficiently powerful, it would destroy the jet, too.
Instead of manually detonating the fragmentation bomb, the operators could detonate it using a proximity fuse when the aircraft got within 100 yards of the drone.
Cmdr. WAYNE L. JOHNSON
Judge Advocate General’s Corps, U.S. Navy (retired)