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Boeing unveils new anti-drone laser cannon

August 28, 2015 | Comment icon 10 comments



The laser can disable a drone within two seconds. Image Credit: YouTube / Boeing
The aerospace giant has developed a new weapon system designed specifically to shoot down drones.
People flying their drones over places where they shouldn't be is a problem that is likely to get a lot worse over the next few years, especially as these devices become cheaper and easier to use.

Sensitive locations such as airports, military bases, power plants and government buildings are all having to take precautions to deal with the possibility of a drone incursion.

There is even the potential for terrorist attacks using drones equipped with explosive devices.

Now in a renewed effort to tackle this problem aerospace giant Boeing has developed a futuristic laser cannon that can be used to shoot down drones over significant distances.
The weapon, which looks a bit like an overgrown speed camera, is both easy to use and portable.

It can be set up by just two people, can be operated using an XBOX 360 controller and can be packed up in to four suitcase-sized boxes and moved to a new location very quickly.

Once it locks on to a target the laser can take down a drone within just two seconds.

It might not have the same visual appeal as the laser guns seen in science fiction movies but as drone use increases it is quite possible that systems like this one will see deployment across a number of sensitive locations over the next few years.



Source: Wired | Comments (10)


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Comment icon #1 Posted by Taun 7 years ago
One thing I learned in my many years in the Army, the terms "Light weight", "Portable", "Compact" and "can fit into a suitcase" are extremely relative terms... That being said, this is quite a bit more "compact" than previous systems of this type...
Comment icon #2 Posted by Ashotep 7 years ago
650 pounds and they call that portable or compact. Say it can be carried by one or two marines. Dang those guys must be strong.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Taun 7 years ago
650 pounds and they call that portable or compact. Say it can be carried by one or two marines. Dang those guys must be strong. Probably what they meant was two guys can off load each "suitcase", from a truck, carry it a few yards, get the other "suitcases" and then assemble the equipment...
Comment icon #4 Posted by Father Merrin 7 years ago
One thing I learned in my many years in the Army, the terms "Light weight", "Portable", "Compact" and "can fit into a suitcase" are extremely relative terms... That being said, this is quite a bit more "compact" than previous systems of this type... CNR backpack...is a fine example
Comment icon #5 Posted by Ashotep 7 years ago
Probably what they meant was two guys can off load each "suitcase", from a truck, carry it a few yards, get the other "suitcases" and then assemble the equipment... Now that would make more sense.
Comment icon #6 Posted by toast 7 years ago
650 pounds for the laser tube plus peripheral devices but I dont think the power source is included into this 650p and it requires a little bit more than a bicycle dynamo to deliver 10 KW. "Darling, can you hold my LWS for a few minutes please I wanna go to the restroom?" "Sure."
Comment icon #7 Posted by DieChecker 7 years ago
four suit cases with one or two marines each sounds about right for 650 pounds. A marine told to lift and carry 100 pounds is like, "Yes SIR!". Where as a Army soldier is like, "What? Don't we have a truck?". And Navy and Air Force ask if there are any Marines around. When I was in the Army I was asked to carry about that load a couple times. Carrying two 40 pound crater charges, my M249 machine rifle, and a 50 pound rucksack, while running through the woods at night to take out a cross road (training, but real explosives...). So, I can imagine this thing being considered "portable" in real li... [More]
Comment icon #8 Posted by BeastieRunner 7 years ago
Holy Hernia Batman! That's a heavy suitcase.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Goodnite 7 years ago
Lets hope their first kill is an Amazon drone.
Comment icon #10 Posted by cjr3285 7 years ago
Only a few steps away now from having sharks with freaking laser beams attached to their heads!


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