The Kleine-Brogel Air Base in Belgium has made a significant advancement in air security by introducing the Benelli M4 Super 90, a shotgun specifically adapted for countering unauthorized drones. The announcement was made on November 17, 2023, via the base’s Facebook page, highlighting the growing importance of countering emerging aerial threats.
Nine qualified instructors have begun training the base’s protection teams in the handling of the Benelli M4. This initiative aims to strengthen defense capabilities against unmanned aerial systems (UAS), an increasingly concerning security challenge for military installations.
The Benelli M4 Super 90, an Italian semi-automatic close-combat shotgun, is renowned for its reliability in extreme conditions, including sand, mud, and dust. Its gas-operated mechanism, combined with the option for manual operation, makes it ideal for use against drones, offering increased versatility and efficiency.
This smoothbore shotgun is distinguished by its telescopic stock and pistol grip, which can be modified without tools to suit the specific needs of missions. It is also equipped with a Picatinny rail for accessories such as laser designators or night vision systems. Its chamber can accommodate 70 and 76 mm cartridges, allowing the use of various types of ammunition, including low-power rounds firing rubber bullets.
The M4 is already in use by various specialized forces around the world, including in Australia and Belgium, by units such as the Special Reconnaissance Teams (ESR), Special Intervention Squadron (ESI), and local police intervention services. This global adoption is a testament to its reliability and effectiveness in a variety of roles.
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