"We gathered here, first to develop a current common operational picture with the latest information collection. Then we will brainstorm with our engineers, followed by an evaluation session to consider the most plausible solutions," explained General Bill Stockton. "We will employ simulation software as a preliminary assessment tool before we field test the top two candidates."
"Let's discuss this in our conference room. I have invited engineers from our contractors which you requested," said Donna Simmons.
The Israeli entourage followed Ms. Simmons four flights down to a highly equipped simulation projection room. The center of the room had four large monitors hanging from the ceiling in a square above four large tables on the floor. A computer programmer manned a booth behind the glass in the rear of the room. He administered the simulation program through a computer terminal that processed and displayed the results on the monitors.
"At this time we are not prepared to present a fully operational solution since they remain in the developmental phase. Currently we have the technology in place to detect and shoot down a reconnaissance drone. Our main challenge is how to defend against an armed drone. We all appreciate that it is not acceptable to shoot one down near a population--especially at low altitudes--since it will spread the contaminant. We need an effective method of diverting it either electronically or physically before it reaches its target to drop its payload. If we jam its frequencies no one will have control over a loaded weapon. One method we considered is attaching a balloon that will rapidly lift it to a high altitude so that it will dilute its lethality."
They watched the monitors display the counter measure solution as Ms. Simmons spoke. The large balloon quickly inflated and lifted the drone to the stratosphere where it was intercepted by a friendly aircraft.
"As you can see we have not solved the crucial initial step of how to attach the balloon to the offensive drone.
We also considered a projectile with an incendiary warhead that would completely burn the drone with all of its contents. Unfortunately consuming one hundred percent in midair is easier said than done. Also, it will not destroy any radiological material and perhaps make it even hotter."
"Madam Simmons our engineers have developed one plausible solution, but we need to consult your engineers to evaluate its feasibility," said General Gold.
"I apologize, Sir, let me introduce Dr. Kim Sung Chief Aeronautic Engineer from Lockheed-Martin and Dr. Fred Posner from GE Aviation."
"I was the project manager for the TF34 dual stage turbine engine," said Dr. Posner.
They all shook hands and took a seat around the tables.
"We propose using anti-drones each equipped with a smart net made of carbon nanotube composite that will perform three functions: Capture the enemy drone, block electronic emissions and reception, and restrict the air intake into the combustion engine," explained Dr. Gershem.
"Sounds like an innovative solution. I'll tell you what; we will feed the specifications of the RQ-170 into the simulation software and allow you to enter your anti-drone specs. Then we can view the results on the monitors in real time," explained Dr. Sung.
"While our Sim-Admin feeds the main frame why don't we all take this time for a lunch break? You are welcome to use our commissary if you desire. It is highly rated. Kosher meals are also available," said Ms. Simmons. "We will meet back here in two hours to review the results."
Upon return to the conference room the software engineer ran the dog-fight simulation. They all watched intensely as the interceptor drone caught up to the intruder, flew above it, and then catapulted a camouflaged net that swiftly enveloped it. The drone decelerated and succumbed under its control. The interceptor was then directed to carry its prey to cleared air space. Both clock and kilometer counters measured time and space on the monitors. Seventeen minutes and thirty-four seconds transpired from detection to capture.
"It seems a plausible solution worthy of further testing," admitted the Lockheed--Martin and GE engineers as they glanced at each other.