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The Navy wants lasers to blow drones out of the sky

The U.S. Navy just awarded Lockheed Martin $150 million to make their wish for drone-blasting lasers a reality. The military branch is becoming increasingly concerned that enemies could use small drones to surveil their ships or even attack them, which is why it wants Lockheed to develop “directed-energy” (aka laser gun) counter-measures, reports Bloomberg. The … Continue reading “The Navy wants lasers to blow drones out of the sky”

The Navy wants lasers to blow drones out of the sky
Artist’s rendering of Lockheed Martin’s HELIOS system. [Photo: courtesy of Lockheed Martin]
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The U.S. Navy just awarded Lockheed Martin $150 million to make their wish for drone-blasting lasers a reality. The military branch is becoming increasingly concerned that enemies could use small drones to surveil their ships or even attack them, which is why it wants Lockheed to develop “directed-energy” (aka laser gun) counter-measures, reports Bloomberg. The laser array, called HELIOS (High Energy Laser and Integrated Optical-dazzler with Surveillance), would track drones that approach ships and either blow them out of the sky or disable any cameras on the drone with its bright “spotlight” effect.

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