28 Feb '18, 5pm

Soldiers in Europe are now using lasers to shoot down drones

Soldiers in Europe are now using lasers to shoot down drones

For decades, the Defense Department has put money and manpower behind putting directed energy — or laser — weapons in the hands of soldiers. And now, Army soldiers are using one of the first practical laser weapons in Europe, a civilian director of the Army’s Space and Missile Defense Command Future Warfare Center said Wednesday. Richard DeFatta told an audience of more than 100 at the Association of the U.S. Army’s one-day conference on air and missile defense that while researchers are working on a powerful 100-kilowatt laser, smaller, more scientifically manageable projects have already been fielded. US Army could get laser for short-range air defense in under 5 years The Army is going to assess the feasibility of putting a 50-kilowatt laser on its future short-range air defense system in relatively quick order. By: Jen Judson The 5kW laser project, part of the Mobile E...

Full article: https://www.armytimes.com/news/your-army/2018/02/28/soldi...

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