German defence firm demos laser weapons that can shoot down two drones

Last Updated: Wed, Jan 09, 2013 08:40 hrs

A laser weapons system that can shoot down two drones at a distance of over a mile has been demonstrated by Rheinmetall Defence, a German defence company.

The firm used the high-energy laser equipment to shoot fast-moving drones at a distance.

The system, which uses two laser weapons, was also used to cut through a steel girder a kilometer away, the BBC reports.

The company plans to make the laser weapons system mobile and to integrate automatic cannon.

The company said that 50kW laser weapons system used radar and optical systems to detect and track two incoming drones.

The nose-diving drones were flying at 50 metres per second, and were shot down when they reached a programmed fire sector.

The weapons system locked onto the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) by using radar for a rough approximation of the location of the targets, then fine-tuned the tracking using an optical system, the report added.

The company has tested the laser system in a variety of weather conditions, including snow, sunlight, and rain.

Rheinmetall plans to test its laser weapons mounted on different vehicles and to integrate a 35mm revolver cannon into it, the report added. (ANI)

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