Watch This UAV Target Bite The Dust As It Gets Incinerated
Advances in counter UAV technology (C-UAV) are rapidly being developed as the burgeoning drone industry is exploding in popularity, with over 700,000 unit sales projected for 2015.
As such, designers at Boeing have recently revealed an anti-drone laser cannon called the “Compact Laser Weapon System.” It’s designed to target a drone, track its movements, and focus a laser beam on to instantly vaporize a UAV mid-flight. While this laser cannon doesn’t look anything like what we’ve seen in star wars, it is no doubt effective as the following video demonstrates.
Boeing’s Compact Laser Weapon System is not what you would expect from a laser cannon. The device is smaller than its predecessor, the High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator (HEL MD) that Boeing revealed last year. It looks more like a camera on a tripod than a weapon used to take down drones. The system is equipped with a two-kilowatt infrared laser that shoots a single beam capable of setting a drone on fire in less than two seconds when fired at full power. It’s designed to run for several years with only basic maintenance, and unlike traditional weaponry, it requires no ammunition.
Designed to be compact, the laser is portable, fitting snugly inside four suitcase-sized boxes and can be assembled quickly in the field by two soldiers or personnel. Once assembled, the device is controlled by a standard Xbox 360 controller and a notebook computer. Custom targeting software lets the laser weapon system take control over the weapon and automatically track an enemy drone. The precision control afforded by the system allows operators to target certain parts of the drone, such as the tail or the wing. Currently, the laser weapon is designed to operated from a static position, but future models may be deployed and fired from a moving vehicle or a ship.