Boeing tests laser cannon to combat drones

Boeing tests a new compact laser weapon designed to incinerate aerial drones in seconds from hundreds of meters away.

ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO, UNITED STATES (AUGUST 26, 2015) (BOEING) – Boeing showed off its latest drone-fighting technology last Wednesday (August 26) in Alburquerque, New Mexico, designed to be smaller and lighter than previous prototypes.

The Compact Laser Weapons System works by blasting energy on an area small enough to heat up and destroy the target, according to the company.

In addition, the upgraded 2-kilowatt laser beam is silent and invisible to the naked eye.

Testing of the device reached a “milestone” earlier this month, according to Boeing’s website, when the laser successfully tracked and disabled a moving, untethered unmanned aerial vehicle, or drone, within 15 seconds during a military exercise in Point Mugu, California.

The technology, which boasts a simple set-up procedure and portability, has also been tested in West Virginia.