11 May '17, 8am

Drone-Killing Laser Stars In Army Field Test

Drone-Killing Laser Stars In Army Field Test

Laser-armed Stryker at Fort Sill. During a recent Army exercise, a prototype laser shot down so many drones that its operator started losing count. “I took down, I want to say, twelve?” Staff Sgt. Eric Davis told reporters. “It was extremely effective.” The Army has made air defense an urgent priority , especially against drones . Once icons of American technological supremacy, unmanned aircraft have proliferated to adversaries around the world. The Islamic State uses them for ad hoc bombing attacks ; the Russian army to spot Ukrainian units for artillery barrages . So last month’s Maneuver Fires Integrated Experiment (MFIX) threw 14 different types of drones against a slate of counter-UAS (Unmanned Aerial System) technologies, from a .50 caliber machinegun loaded with special drone-killing rounds, to acoustic sensors that listened for incoming drones, to jammers mounted o...

Full article: http://breakingdefense.com/2017/05/drone-killing-laser-st...

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