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The Pentagon Hopes To Arm Drones With Laser Weapons Inside Five Years

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Michael Kelley
Business Insider
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.

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