Gunning down drones can be inconsistent, so Raytheon, a U.S. defense contractor company, developed a military-grade laser dune buggy capable of taking down up to three drones at a time. To demonstrate just how effective the new laser weapon system is, Raytheon downed 45 UAVs in a U.S. Army exercise known as Maneuver Fires Integrated Experiment (MFIX) in Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Here’s a video showing a DJI Phantom 4 getting shot down by Raytheon’s dune buggy from nearly a mile away:
The laser system used on the dune buggy was created by Raytheon and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory under a $2 million contract. Besides all-terrain vehicles, Raytheon’s technology can also be equipped by attack helicopters like the AH-64 Apache.
Raytheon’s laser system has a “virtually unlimited magazine”
“The speed and low cost per engagement of directed energy is revolutionary in protecting our troops against drones,” said Dr. Thomas Bussing, Raytheon Advanced Missile Systems vice president. “We have spent decades perfecting the high-power microwave system, which may soon give our military a significant advantage against this proliferating threat.”
Even though the laser system was developed primarily to protect U.S. troops against UAVs, this technology can be used in areas other than the battlefield. Sport stadiums or public events with large crowds can benefit with Raytheon’s proven technology.