How Laser Weapons are Changing the Defense Equation

Directed Energy and Laser Weapon Systems Offer Power and Flexibility in an Age of Tech-driven Warfare. In 2017, a U.S. military ally detected an unusual threat: a small quadcopter drone—the kind anyone can buy online for $200—was approaching. A $3 million Patriot missile was fired to take it down, eliminating the threat, but at a disproportionate cost. The incident highlights…

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MOD to develop cutting-edge laser and radio frequency weapons

July 9, 2019 – The Ministry of Defence is developing cutting-edge laser and radio frequency weapons which have the potential to revolutionize the battlefield. The state-of-the-art weapons systems, known as Directed Energy Weapons (DEW), are powered solely by electricity and operate without ammunition. The systems could be fueled by a vehicle’s engine or a generator, significantly reducing their operating costs…

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Man arrested by CGIS for laser strike to Coast Guard helicopter in Puerto Rico

January 17, 2019 – One individual was arrested by Coast Guard Investigative Services, Thursday for performing multiple laser strikes on a Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter crew in San Juan. On June 12, 2018 a Dolphin helicopter safely landed after they observed a green laser multiple times in the cockpit during flight operations. Aiming a laser pointer…

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Elbit Systems of America Awarded Contract to Deliver the Two Color Laser System to Raytheon

January 3, 2019 – Elbit Systems of America was recently awarded a contract by Raytheon to deliver the Two Color Laser System (TCLS) for the Multi-Spectral Targeting System. The contract will be performed in 2019. TCLS is a production component within the electro-optical surveillance system for multiple military airborne platforms, including unmanned aerial vehicles. “The Two Color Laser System provides…

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Saab Launches New Laser Rangefinder Vidar

December 14, 2018 – Saab launches a new laser rangefinder named Vidar, which combines compact size with powerful performance. Vidar is currently in production for the Situational Awareness System that Saab will deliver for Australia’s new Arafura class Offshore Patrol Vessels. Lurssen Australia awarded Saab the contract for the Situational Awareness System in April 2018, as Saab previously announced. Rangefinders…

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Navy Airborne Survey for Papua New Guinea waters

The Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) Flight has just commenced a five week deployment to Rabaul, Papua New Guinea. While operating from Rabaul LADS will undertake hydrographic surveys in the Kavieng and Rabaul regions. Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Mark Matthews, said the survey will provide improved data that will be used to update the existing nautical charts used by all…

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U.S. Protests Chinese Interference With U.S. Planes in Djibouti

By Jim Garamone May 3, 2018 — The United States has protested to China after repeated instances of lasers interfering with U.S. military aircraft landing in Djibouti, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said here today. In her weekly news conference, White confirmed that two Air Force crewmen were slightly injured in one incident. “They are very serious incidents,” White…

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