In recent years, Iran has successfully deployed drones in military operations throughout the Middle East and, most recently, in supporting Russia in their attacks on Ukraine. These unmanned aerial vehicles have severely threatened American and allied forces on the ground. The US Department of Defense is looking for a solution to this problem, and it may have found one in the form of a new microwave weapon called Leonidas. But does it really have what it takes to counter Iranian drones?

The potential for drones to be used as a tool of warfare is a growing concern among the international community, especially with countries like Iran and Russia. Drones have been used for combat operations in Ukraine, Iraq, Syria, and other Middle Eastern countries and for surveillance and reconnaissance missions.

Iran has employed drones in its military operations since 2019 when it launched an attack on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. Since then, the country has increased its use of drones to carry out strikes against US-backed forces in Syria and Iraq. In fact, according to a report, Iran has “employed dozens of drones” against these targets since early 2020.

Furthermore, other countries have also taken steps toward improving their drone capabilities; Russia is reportedly developing an unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) capable of carrying up to four missiles simultaneously. Meanwhile, Ukraine is attempting to establish itself as a major commercial and combat UAVs supplier by partnering with companies such as Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI).