Navy Laser Shoots Down Drones by Crippling Remote Pilot Systems

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A laser mounted on a warship’s gun turret obliterating a remotely piloted drone

Built by Raytheon Missile Systems of Tuscon, Arizona, the 32-kilowatt infrared laser is shown illuminating and heating the wingtip and then the underside of what looks like a radar-seeking drone – until its remote pilot loses control and the aircraft catches fire and plummets into the ocean.

* the laser has to fire from a moving, rolling ship, with salt-laden air severely weakening its beam.
* the laser operate on the US navy and coastguard’s standard ship defence system, Phalanx which usually fires gatling guns

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