Lockheed Martin develops a 60-kilowatt laser for combating drones

Lockheed Martin develops a 60-kilowatt laser for combating drones
March 15 14:33 2018

Laser against drones

Unmanned military vehicles are becoming an increasingly numerous class of modern weapons. But if one or more of these air defense systems to cope in force, then what to do with “a flock of unmanned locusts” that sweeps away everything in its path.

Lockheed Martin specialists had to proceed from the assumption that traditional means of combating conventional air targets – anti-aircraft artillery, machine guns and surface-to-air missiles – are not effective for destroying drones because of their small size and high maneuverability.

Preference was given to a combat laser consisting of several fiber lasers with a total power of 60 kilowatts. The system turned out to be compact, which allows to install it on various platforms, including armored cars and other small vehicles.

Laser against drones

Another of its advantages is stealth at the time of combat use, since the laser pulse is not visible to the naked eye. If necessary, the capacity of the installation can be increased or decreased. At present, the drones fighter pilot are preparing for laboratory tests, which will last until the end of the year.

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