Counterterrorist agencies from Washington to London, Moscow to Jakarta, are worrying about the ability of terrorists to use mini-UAVs to scout out attacks, or act as impropmtu bombers
In December 2013, a mapping drone flying near airplane flight paths within the vicinity of the Beijing airport, China mobilized 1,200 troops, two fighter and two helicopters to arrest the drone's three rogue operators. Learning from that experience, a group of Chinese companies has developed a powerful anti-drone laser for use in urban areas
The 10 kilowatt (coincidentally the same output as the initial laser on Lockheed Martin's HEL MD truck) laser can destroy drones flying at speeds of 180km, at ranges of 2km and a 50 meter altitude. The laser relies on electro-optical sensors for targeting; it takes about five seconds to compute a firing solution. These specifications match the needs in the target market of urban law enforcement and military operators
According to a spoke person of the consortium, snipers and drones are less than optimal solutions for dealing with small drones due to operator mistakes
Compared to missiles and anti-air cannons, the laser has a far lower likelihood of causing collateral damage and injury to nearby civilians. The anti-drone laser is light enough to either be installed to protect a fixed position like a stadium or government building, as well as to be mounted on trucks
The anti-drone laser has a perfect record of shooting down over 30 drones in a single test run"
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