Following rapidly on the heels of our piece on drone weaponization in North Dakota, we bring you our latest installment of “Skynet is Coming, Skynet is Coming” in which Boeing shows off its new laser cannon to take down bad guy drones. Maybe we should call this series “Spy vs. Spy,” or perhaps “Who Gets to Be the Silicon Valley of Drones, Grand Fork or Seattle?”
Yes, the government should be able to protect us from bad guy drones. But how likely are bad guy drone attacks if the U.S. is just getting into drone weaponization at the lower end itself, and who exactly is that bad guy likely to be?
It was much easier to get excited about this kind of whiz-bang military stuff when I was an eight-year-old reading Popular Science 50 years ago.
I’d be a whole lot more excited if private enterprise showed off a way to give everyone working a 40-hour week a decent wage.
‘course, that doesn’t take technology, innovation or Pentagon budget – it just takes morality.
The laser cannon that kills drones
Via BGR Media:
The Compact Laser Weapons System (CLWS) can track down an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and eliminate a threat.
Boeing just released a video of its Compact Laser Weapons System demonstration. In August, the laser took part in ultra cool Exercise Black Dart that focuses on cutting-edge tech to tackle hostile drones. The CLWS focused on the target drone’s tail for 10 to 15 seconds, set it on fire, and destroyed it.
Boeing’s Compact Laser Weapons System: Sets up in minutes, directs energy in seconds
In the video, Boeing engineer Isaac Neal describes it as “a welding torch being put on target but from many hundreds of meters away. If you were on the receiving end of laser energy, you’d have no idea where it was coming from or what was even happening.”
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(cover photo credit: snap from the video)