Skip to comments.Laser weapon downs 6 planes in Boeing test
Posted on 11/21/2009 2:32:44 AM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld
New laser weaponry being developed at Boeing has dealt a telling blow to airborne aircraft -- all of them unmanned -- in successful tests that take military laser technology a few steps closer to assuming a key role in future conflicts. Laser weapons are seen by industry analysts as a major step toward a more effective -- and more cost-effective -- deterrent to enemy threats from the air. Laser weapons can be fired at enemy targets without any apparent risk to human crews involved. However, most defense laser technologies are still many stages behind fictional depictions of laser weapons in Hollywood films.
Boeing units in Albuquerque and St. Louis, as well as the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army and Naval Air Warfare Center in China Lake, Calif., took part in the tests to advance the feasibility of lasers in warfare.
The Boeing Co. said its tests demonstrated the ability of mobile laser weapon systems to track and destroy small unmanned aerial vehicles -- until then a unique mission.
During the U.S. Air Force-sponsored tests at the Naval Air Warfare Center in China Lake, the mobile weapon, called the Mobile Active Targeting Resource for Integrated Experiments, took part in the tests.
MATRIX was developed by Boeing under contract to the Air Force Research Laboratory. It is a mobile, trailer-mounted test bed that integrates with existing test-range radar. MATRIX used a single, high-brightness laser beam to shoot down five UAVs at various ranges. The sixth aircraft was shot down by Laser Avenger, a Boeing-funded initiative. Representatives of the Air Force and Army watched the tests.?
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Good find, nice pic at the link and they mention in the pic caption it was small UAVs and the lasers were at half power.
So how long after this technology is perfected until someone sells it to our enemies?
That’s pretty cool!
Now to mount them on the sharks heads.
Darn, Delta is gonna be pissed...
“So how long after this technology is perfected until someone sells it to our enemies?”
See China’s Super 863 Program.
Chinese probably already have it!
Instead of camo paint...just paint it green,,,,
Now, I would really be impressed with the ability to target six radical Imams at a time...
Still, this is quite good news.
We do seem to have a problem with "enemy recognition."
I still wanna know what happens when Mr. High Energy Laser meets Mr. Corner Cube Reflector.
As part of the overall counter-UAV demonstration, Boeing also successfully test-fired a lightweight 25mm machine gun from the Laser Avenger platform to potentially increase the capability against UAV threats.