Experiment at Fort Sill leads to advances

Posted by: Communications Manager on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 12:00:00 am

From Fires Chapter of AUSA, Lawton-Fort Sill Oklahoma: A 10-day experiment at Fort Sill, Okla., using a 5-kW laser mounted atop a Stryker combat vehicle to destroy unmanned aerial vehicles succeeded in silently destroying 50 drones, but Army officials already knew a laser could work. The real advances were in the ability to search the sky for targets, increasing the distance at which a target can be destroyed and working on “soft” kills that leave the drone intact enough after a crash landing to provide useful intelligence.

What to watch: More powerful lasers with longer range, electronic warfare capabilities to enable “soft” kills and more sophisticated tracking and targeting methods are all coming soon.

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