Belgian Air Force adopts Benelli M4 shotgun for counter-UAS mission

The Belgian Air Force has adopted the Benelli M4 Super 90 – a variant of the Italian shotgun specifically adapted for ant-drone engagements – to counter unauthorised drones, according to a statement released via an air base’s social media accounts.

The Kleine-Brogel Air Base – Belgium’s single largest military unit and home to 10th Tactical Wing – released the information via its Facebook page on 17 November. Instructors have already begun training base personnel in the tactical use of the Benelli, renowned for its extreme reliability in a wide range of extreme conditions. Its gas-operated mechanism and optional manual operation offer increased versatility and efficiency. The capability to use both 70 and 76mm length cartridges, for example, means it can fire other ammunition natures, meaning it can also be used in other security missions, such as riot control. The weapon’s Picatinny rail system means it can carry a wide range of accessories such as sights, illumination or laser designators.

The M4 is already in use worldwide with a variety of special operations forces and law enforcement agencies.

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(Image: the M4 Super 90 variant of the iconic Italian shotgun has been specifically engineered for the C-UAS role. Credit: Belgian MoD)

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