The U.S. Department of Defence on Wednesday unveiled a new drone system that will be used to intercept and track U.N. peacekeepers in South Sudan.
The $2.5 billion Advanced Drone Technology Demonstration System will be deployed to a number of locations around the world and will provide security to the United Nations mission in the country, the Pentagon said.
The system will be available to other partners in the United States and overseas, the department said.
It is a step towards creating a more robust and effective counterterrorism capability, the Department said in a statement.
The Pentagon said the Advanced Drone System is designed to enable rapid response to threats from a variety of threats.
The system is being built by Boeing Co., which is part of Lockheed Martin Corp.’s F-35 stealth fighter program, and is the first time a U.K. defense firm has been awarded a contract to develop a new weapon system.
“The F-22 Raptor is an incredibly powerful aircraft that is designed for combat.
But it can also operate from an extremely small footprint,” U.F.O. commander, U.T.O., Chief of Staff Peter Wallace told a news briefing in South Africa.”
The system that we have put in place today will provide our armed forces with the ability to operate in the extreme low-earth orbit, where they can attack the enemy wherever they choose.”