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The Marine Corps has begun field testing a laser weapon that can be mounted on a Humvee to shoot down low-flying aircraft such as enemy drones, Raytheon announced Wednesday.
"Raytheon is paving the way for fielded directed energy weapon systems in the very near future with the demonstration of a Marine Humvee-based high energy laser," Bill Hart, vice president of Raytheon Space Systems said in the statement.
William Zamagni, acting head of the Office of Naval Research's Expeditionary Maneuver Warfare and Combating Terrorism Department, said in a statement. “GBAD gives the Marine Corps a capability to counter the UAV threat efficiently, sustainably and organically with austere expeditionary forces
ONR hopes to research, develop, design, and deliver the laser weapon in five years.
originally posted by: skunkape23
My first thought is that they better keep these type of weapons very mobile. Yeah, you can hit one drone. What if the enemy has multiple drones flying as a fleet. When that laser fires it will be a beacon that can be triangulated on and coordinates can be assigned to a guided missile.