it will be possible to defend against drones. An antitank rocket travels about 1,000 feet per second and Trophy was made to knock them out of the air before hitting the tank.
Adding another leg of programming to track and defend against very slow moving targets should not be very difficult. Using artificial intelligence to differentiate between a bird and a drone shouldn't be too difficult.
Just like there are Iron Dome batteries situated around Israel, there needs to be modified Trophy system batteries around the country.
Or modify the Trophy code to control a Phalanx-type gun. An attack of a few dozen drones shouldn't be too hard to defend against.
The real issue is when the bad guys fly a few hundred drones at us. If each drone carried a hand-grenade, they could do some real damage. Early warning against that type of threat is absolutely necessary. With early warning comes the time needed to activate Trophy-type and Phalanx-type weapons. Autonomous drones are probably beyond Hamas and Hezbollah for now, but with Iran's backing and know-how, it won't be for long.
We need a wide-angle laser or electro-magnetic radiation-type weapon that can clear the sky of drones by destroying the electronics of the drones.
Let's all hope that the major Israeli defense contractors already have working prototypes. This is not a party we want to be late to.
Raytheon, this is a piece of cake for your team, right?