Dec 10, 2012
General Atomics is developing a powerful laser that can be fitted to an unmanned drone, Mark Thompson of Time reports.
Last year the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) gave General Atomics a $40 million contract to continue to refine, shrink and power up the High Energy Liquid Laser Defense System (HELLADS).
The company hopes the laser — which would supposedly be able to take down an aircraft – will be small enough to put on a drone within five years.
Current drones, such as the General Atomics MQ-1 Predator, can fly missions lasting from up to 40 hours before refueling but have to reload after firing its payload of two Hellfire missiles.
This article was posted: Monday, December 10, 2012 at 11:36 am