Thursday, July 22, 2010

Navy Successfully Uses Laser to Shoot Down a Drone

It may not be much to look at, but represents a significant advancement. This is way beyond a simple Dazzlers, it is something that can destroy the target. It does occur to me though that a great companion weapon system to this would be the shelved airborne laser. Ok, maybe not really a companion weapon system, but why shelve something that works in the air while pursuing something similar on the water?

Video embedded below.

"The successful test of the Laser Weapon System off the coast of California was announced during the Farnborough International Air Show, which is taking place this week in England.

The technology, jointly developed with Raytheon, used industrial strength lasers, is more than just your run-of-the-mill PR exercise. In its write-up of the technology, Scientific American correctly notes that the shoot-down of the drones over water constitutes an advance over previous Raytheon tests which focused on static targets.

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