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US Army builds drone-busting 'Phaser' weapon

November 16, 2016 | Comment icon 14 comments

It might not look like much, but the Phaser is deadly to drones. Image Credit: US Army / DoD
The futuristic-sounding device is designed to combat the threat posed by cheap unmanned aerial drones.
Developed by UK defense contractor Raytheon, the weapon works by firing microwave pulses that can knock multiple drones out of the air at once by frying their control systems.

While it's similar in concept to existing radio-based anti-UAV systems, the Phaser is able to take out almost anything electrical and is more like an EMP ( electromagnetic pulse ) weapon.

Despite its name however it bears little similarity to the weapons used in the Star Trek franchise.

Source: Engadget | Comments (14)

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Comment icon #5 Posted by AustinHinton 6 years ago
"When there's something strange, flying through the air...who you gonna call? Dronebusters!"    
Comment icon #6 Posted by TheHeisenberg 6 years ago
  This can result like what happened with the ‘Manhattan Project’ and its creation of the first functioning atomic bomb. With the world moving into an era of Internet-Of-Things (IOT), if this technology gets into the wrong hands, we will all be really ******.Here’s a more indepth article on the ‘Phaser’ How The U.S. Army’s ‘Phaser’ can wipe out an entire fleet of drones with one strike Further reading – Research Papers on this Technology for anyone interested to learn more. lectures.pdf   http://ece-re... [More]
Comment icon #7 Posted by Lucas Cooper Merrin 6 years ago
P lol  I was hoping for something a little more inconspicuous, this looks like an old Fraser silage trailer with a sky dish on the top, im not having that sitting outside the house, 
Comment icon #8 Posted by highdesert50 6 years ago
We have the industrial sized multi-ton fly-swatter to eliminate those nasty little drones. And, for the homeowner, we have a small easy to deploy drone that self destructs with an EMP in the vicinity of the incoming drones. We will also include a radio direction finder to locate the transmitter and also eliminate it with an EMP drone. Or, we could just stop making toy drones if they pose such a universal hazard.
Comment icon #9 Posted by paperdyer 6 years ago
Probably will happen.  No technology lasts forever.  A thin, lightweight shielding would need to be developed or the drone may be too heavy to fly and maneuver properly.
Comment icon #10 Posted by TaintlessMetals 6 years ago
Hasn't this tech been around for several years? I remember reading about it being in development the better part of a decade ago.
Comment icon #11 Posted by DarkHunter 6 years ago
It has been around for roughly a decade, this is basically nothing more then the active denial system, developed by the same company too, but instead of being pointed at solely ground targets it's aimed up and has radar tracking.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Parsec 6 years ago
DarkHunter, since you are quite knowledgeable about this topic, what I wrote about being used against people as well, is realistic/possible/probable? 
Comment icon #13 Posted by DarkHunter 6 years ago
It can definitely be used as a weapon system but it isn't a very practical weapon system. There are multiple reasons why its not a very practical system but the main one being that its just not that lethal.  The active denial system uses short wavelength microwaves to cause the sensation of being burnt but the short wave lengths are only able to penetrate about 0.015 of a inch, basically just under the first skin layer.  Changing it to longer wave length microwaves is extremely easy to do but even at the longer wavelengths it will only penetrate about 0.64 inches into a person and while microw... [More]
Comment icon #14 Posted by Parsec 6 years ago
Thank you, I always like your thorough analysis! 

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