The world seems to get closer and closer to a “Star Wars” type war scenario fought on the ground rather than in space.
United States Navy is petitioning to put lasers on all of their combat trucks to fight drones that could potentially attack them.
Although it sounds like something out of a science fiction story, it is true. The purpose of the lasers would be to shoot down enemy drones overhead before they could annihilate the vehicles.
GeoBeats News reports:
The U.S. Navy has plans to add lasers onto all ground vehicles in order to combat any enemy drones they may encounter.
The U.S. Navy is currently looking to outfit their land-based trucks with lasers in order to combat drones.
The Ground-Based Air Defense Directed Energy On-the-Move weapons program is looking to install lasers onto a variety of vehicles, including humvees and light tactical vehicles.
According to a press release by the Office of Naval Research, this weapons program “…aims to provide an affordable alternative to traditional firepower to keep enemy unmanned aerial vehicles from tracking and targeting Marines on the ground.”
The use of drones in military settings is only increasing, and the U.S. is constantly looking at new ways to defend itself against them, including with lasers.
Though they’re expensive to construct, lasers still cost less than other anti-air weapons, such as missiles.
Various tests to track and spot drones have already occurred. Plans for more intricate tests using a 30-kilowatt laser to hit targets are planned for 2016.
Come 2017, the Navy hopes to demonstrate how the laser system can fight drones in one area, relocate and ward off another attack.
How do you feel about the Navy’s desire to put lasers to fight drones on their trucks?
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