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2017-04-21 Home Front: WoT
US Army tests drone-killing laser weapon
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Posted by Fred 2017-04-21 00:00|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [682 views ]  Top

#1 Still waiting for the anti-drone drones.
Posted by Anguper Hupomosing9418 2017-04-21 02:12||   2017-04-21 02:12|| Front Page Top

#2 Drone Wars
Posted by Skidmark 2017-04-21 04:41||   2017-04-21 04:41|| Front Page Top

#3 The US military is testing a laser weapon designed to take out the aerial menace (weaponized hobbyist drones). A shotgun is effective and probably cheaper.
Posted by JohnQC 2017-04-21 07:58||   2017-04-21 07:58|| Front Page Top

#4 Yeah, but the law doesn't allow it because all that shot may come back down and kill half the town. So they have to come up with some hideously complicated way of involving the authorities to bring them down that guarantees it won't because the drone has time to disappear after you catch it trying to peep into your bedroom window.
Posted by gorb 2017-04-21 10:04||   2017-04-21 10:04|| Front Page Top

#5 Shotgun doesn't have the range, a 5Kw laser OTOH can shoot down drones from a mile or two away.

It's designed to be used against 'hobbyist drones', not military grade drones.
Posted by Seeking cure for ignorance 2017-04-21 10:52||   2017-04-21 10:52|| Front Page Top

#6 Building a laser powerful enough to kill drones, even military ones, wouldn't be that expensive and they already have tech that could bring an operational version online quickly.

The real trick is detecting drones. Even the big ones we have possess a small radar signature. Tiny ones are pretty much impossible to find unless they are close.
Posted by DarthVader 2017-04-21 14:58||   2017-04-21 14:58|| Front Page Top

#7 You could try a bold eagle :)

Cheers! I just had a glass of wine to prove I'm nor a robot!!!
Posted by Craick Ebberetle7364 2017-04-21 14:59||   2017-04-21 14:59|| Front Page Top

#8 Bald eagles. With frickin' lasers.
Posted by Pappy 2017-04-21 16:04||   2017-04-21 16:04|| Front Page Top

#9 I second Pappy's idea
Posted by DarthVader 2017-04-21 16:19||   2017-04-21 16:19|| Front Page Top

#10 Bald eagles. With frickin' lasers.

Parrots with lasers - they can insult the drone operators while killing the drones.
Posted by g(r)omgoru 2017-04-21 16:56||   2017-04-21 16:56|| Front Page Top

#11 Here is the video of test runs

I think they finally have something useable - given no fog or smoke. Will see.
Posted by newc 2017-04-21 17:55||   2017-04-21 17:55|| Front Page Top

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