Raytheon Developing System to Defeat Drones with Speed-of-light Technologies

MCKINNEY, (BM) – Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) will deploy two prototype high energy laser weapon systems to troops overseas under a U.S. Air Force contract, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

The Air Force experimentation includes 12 months of in-field operation against unmanned aerial systems and operator training.

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Raytheon’s HELWS uses pure energy to detect, identify and instantly take down drones. It can target a single drone with precision. The HELWS is paired with Raytheon’s Multi-spectral Targeting System. It uses invisible beams of light to defeat hostile UASs. Mounted on a Polaris MRZR all-terrain vehicle, the system detects, identifies, tracks and engages drones.

“Every day, there’s another story about a rogue drone incident,” said Stefan Baur, vice president of Raytheon Electronic Warfare Systems. “These threats aren’t going away, and in many instances, shooting them with a high energy laser weapon system is the most effective and safest way to bring them down.”

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The contract follows successful demonstrations of Raytheon’s directed energy systems for the Air Force and the U.S. Army.

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