German laser weapon successfully takes down unmanned aircraft.

Rheinmetall’s 10kW laser weapon, seen here fitted to the turret…

Rheinmetall’s 10kW laser weapon, seen here fitted to the turret of the company’s C-RAM air-defense system, shot down a UAV (see lower photo), while a less powerful model sank a rubber raft and detected IEDs in a recent exercise. (Image: Rheinmetall)

Having recently used a high-energy laser weapon to down an unmanned aircraft at a proving ground in Switzerland, Rheinmetall has demonstrated the operational potential of combining a powerful laser weapon with an advanced air defence system.

Having recently used a high-energy laser weapon to down an unmanned aircraft at a proving ground in Switzerland, Rheinmetall has demonstrated the operational potential of combining a powerful laser weapon with an advanced air defence system.

This event provides compelling proof of the Group’s 360° competence in relevant technologies ranging from military lasers and target recognition and identification to target tracking and fire control units – and its unrivalled ability to weld them into a single, forward-looking, fully functional full scale demonstrator.

At a live fire laser demo at the Group’s Ochsenboden proving ground, international guests were able to view two laser weapon demonstrators in action, each featuring different performance parameters.

For example, a 10-kW laser was integrated into an air defence system consisting of an Oerlikon Skyguard 3 fire control unit and a Skyshield gun turret. Modular and scalable, the laser weapon itself consisted of two 5-kW laser weapon modules.

Source: Reinmetall via Defense-Aerospace.

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  • LazerLaser

    I always wonder what the range and target makeup of these things is. Wouldn’t it be nice if the article showed a picture of the drone before and after and perhaps the range of the shot to gauge whether the device in question is promising or just a very short range test. After all there is a very great difference between a full scale drone made from an old F-16 being shot down with a laser at a range of 5 miles and a very small scale drone made from a plastic foam kit being shot down at a range of under 100 feet.