February 8, 2018
Lockheed Martin is developing a powerful new pair of cannons that can shoot down drones using high energy laser beams.
Under a $150 million contract from the US Navy, the firm plans to develop, manufacture, and test the new weapons by 2020.
The goal is to demonstrate one on land, and the second aboard an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, according to Motherboard.
Lockheed Martin’s newest weapons will come under a contract with the US Navy to build a High Energy Laser and Integrated Optical-dazzler with surveillance system, the Department of Defense says.
The weapons will use as much as 150 kilowatts of power per shot, allowing them to take out, boats, and if upgraded, even missiles, according to Motherboard.
This article was posted: Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 7:54 am