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Technology US Air Force gets its first anti-drone laser weapon from Raytheon

07:45  23 october  2019
07:45  23 october  2019 Source:   engadget.com

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Raytheon has delivered the first anti - drone buggy to the US Air Force , just over year after it introduced the technology. It ' s a high-energy laser The Air Force received the anti - drone system earlier this month and will deploy it overseas for a year-long experiment. It will train operators on how

Raytheon has delivered to the U . S . Air Force the first high-energy laser system to counter drone threats, which the branch plans to deploy overseas Raytheon Co. announced the delivery of its High Energy Laser Weapon System, seen here mounted on the back of an all-terrain vehicle, to the U . S

Raytheon has delivered the first anti-drone buggy to the US Air Force, just over year after it introduced the technology. It's a high-energy laser system mounted on a small all-terrain vehicle, to be specific, which uses electro-optical/infrared sensors to detect and track drones. After it identifies and tracks the unwelcome flying device, it then neutralizes it with its laser in a process that takes a few seconds.

  US Air Force gets its first anti-drone laser weapon from Raytheon

Raytheon says the system can draw power from a standard 220-volt outlet and can deliver dozens -- it didn't mention an exact number -- of laser shots on a single charge. However, it can also be paired with a generator if it needs to be on the field for an extended period.

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Raytheon is also building a laser -firing, drone-killing dune buggy. Boeing has its own anti - drone laser cannon. f Lockheed can deliver, the Air Force gets a weapon that’s not just lighter and (likely) cheaper than equivalent missile and machine gun systems, but one that could change how it deploys

Raytheon has delivered to the U . S . Air Force the first high-energy laser system to counter drone threats, which the branch plans to deploy overseas Raytheon Co. announced the delivery of its High Energy Laser Weapon System, seen here mounted on the back of an all-terrain vehicle, to the U . S

The Air Force received the anti-drone system earlier this month and will deploy it overseas for a year-long experiment. It will train operators on how to use the system while testing how effective it is in real-world conditions. We're guessing the laser-equipped buggy would be used to prevent enemy drones from collecting information on military bases or to shoot down weapon-equipped unmanned aerial systems.

Raytheon president Roy Azevedo said:

"Five years ago, few people worried about the drone threat. Now, we hear about attacks or incursions all the time. Our customers saw this coming and asked us to develop a ready-now counter-UAS capability. We did just that by going from the drawing board to delivery in less than 24 months."

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The US Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) recently awarded Lockheed Martin a .3m contract to Jet fighter laser weapons conjure up the image of future air combat looking like a mechanised light RA: The Department of Defense has been interested in laser weapons from the time we knew they were

A directed-energy weapon (DEW) is a ranged weapon that damages its target with highly focused energy, including laser , microwaves and particle beams.

Check out how the company's anti-drone system works below:

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Air Force Downs Several Drones With New ATHENA Laser Weapon System .
The ATHENA laser system could help protect air bases against drone swarms. The ATHENA system, built by Lockheed Martin, destroyed several flying drones during a single test. The Air Force is concerned about swarming drone attacks on air bases. Lockheed Martin’s announcement is missing key details to help evaluate the test. A laser defense system burned several flying drones out of the sky at army base in Oklahoma, demonstrating it can handle multiple threats per engagement. The U.S.

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