Boeing’s Compact Laser Weapons System Can Obliterate a Drone in Seconds

By: | September 8th, 2015


Boeing has released brand new footage of its Compact Laser Weapons System, a portable, tripod-mounted device that can torch a drone in a matter of seconds.

Specifically, the system can disable a quadcopter or UAV by burning a hole in its target in no time, a good reason to keep unwanted drones out of areas the Compact Laser Weapons System resides.

What makes the system so effective is that,¬†one, it’s portable, two, it can be deployed in minutes, and three, it has unlimited ammo because of the fact it’s a laser weapon system.

As long as the system is charged up, it can take drones down for days.

The Compact Laser Weapons System is operated with the help of a laptop and an Xbox controller, and since the cost-per-shot is super low, you should see this technology deployed on the battlefield sooner rather than later.

“There will be times where it makes sense to use a missile and there will be times where it makes sense to use a laser,” Boeing’s lasers and optical systems director David DeYoung told Wired.

Marshall Smith

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