Truck-mounted laser shoots down unmanned aerial vehicleJanuary 28th, 2009 - 4:16 pm ICT by ANI
London, Jan 28 (ANI): Aerospace firm Boeing has reported that their prototype truck-mounted laser has shot down an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at a missile range in New Mexico, US.
According to a report in New Scientist, mounted on a Humvee off-road vehicle, the Laser Avenger is an infrared laser with power levels somewhere in the tens of kilowatts range.
It is designed to take down the smaller variety of UAV, which are hardest for conventional air-defence weapons to target.
The power of its laser has been doubled since 2007, when it was shown off destroying a stationary improvised bomb.
Now it has tracked three small UAVs and shot one of them down.
The laser tracks an object and holds fire until the target is close enough for it to cause burning with a single blast.
Marc Selinger, a Boeing spokesman based in Crystal City, Virginia, has not disclosed at what distance this was achieved, saying it was an operationally relevant range.
The feat is all the more important because the tracking was achieved against the complex, cluttered visual background of the New Mexico mountains and desert scenery, he said.
The Laser Avenger is a modified version of an existing US Army air defence system that uses two Stinger missile launchers and a heavy machine gun, with one missile pod swapped for the laser and its target tracker.
If funded by the Pentagon, the Laser Avenger could be available within a year, according to Selinger.
Firing a laser multiple times would also be cheaper than firing many missiles, and could continue as long as power can be supplied.
However, Browns colleague Peter Felstead, editor of Janes Defence Weekly, said that the first battlefield lasers will not have UAVs in their sights.
Laser weapons are more likely to be fielded first to counter rockets and mortars, and that capability is not that far away, he said. (ANI)
- US Navy tests laser to shoot down drones - Jul 20, 2010
- Iran tests artillery firepower in navy drills - Dec 31, 2011
- US clears attack chopper, sophisticated radar, missiles for India - Jan 04, 2011
- Iran begins making anti-cruise missile shield - May 04, 2010
- Iran test-fires ballistic missiles - Jul 03, 2012
- Iran test-fires another missile - Aug 25, 2010
- New laser can hide aircrafts and dodge missiles - Sep 17, 2010
- India successfully test-fires missile interceptor (Second Lead) (With Images) - Mar 06, 2011
- Laser canons to zap high sea pirates - Jan 10, 2011
- MLD test gets US Navy one step closer to lasers for ship self-defense - Apr 09, 2011
- No S-400 missile exports before 2015: Russia - Feb 02, 2012
- Iran test-fires 300 km-range missile - Aug 04, 2012
- Iran inaugurates anti-cruise missile system - May 05, 2010
- IAF selects Boeing's Apache Longbow combat chopper - Oct 26, 2011
- India successfully test-fires missile interceptor (Lead) - Feb 10, 2012
Tags: aerospace firm, air defence system, air defence weapons, army air, conventional air, desert scenery, heavy machine gun, infrared laser, laser weapons, london jan, mexico mountains, missile launchers, missile range, new scientist, relevant range, selinger, stinger missile, target tracker, uavs, unmanned aerial vehicle