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Army's New Laser Cannon Blasts Drones Out of the Sky, Even in Fog

• Wired.com
The High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator (HEL MD)?basically a high-energy laser mounted on top of a big truck?was successfully used to blast some UAV drones and 60mm mortars out of the Florida sky earlier this year, Boeing announced Thursday.

This test was done in a windy and foggy environment, an essential step to proving the technology is useful for naval deployment. The HEL MD used a 10-kilowatt laser?a much less powerful version of what it will eventually fire?to "successfully engage" more than 150 targets at Eglin Air Force Base, a Department of Defense weapons testing facility on the Florida Panhandle. In other words, it disabled or destroyed them.

In simple terms, the laser makes an incredibly powerful, highly focused beam of light and aims it at a moving target.

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