The U.S military have taken delivery of Raytheon’s anti-drone buggy, only one year after the company initially introduced the technology. The system uses a variant of Raytheon’s Multi-Spectral Targeting technology. An electro-optical/infrared sensor detects, identifies, and tracks foreign drones. Once the drone has been targeted, they system engages the threat, neutralising the U.A.S (Unidentified Aircraft System) “in a matter of seconds” according to Raytheon.
“Five years ago, few people worried about the drone threat,” said Roy Azevedo, president of Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems. “Now, we hear about attacks or incursions all the time. Our customers saw this coming and asked us to develop a ready-now counter-UAS capability. We did just that by going from the drawing board to delivery in less than 24 months.”
The system draws it’s power from a standard 220-volt outlet charge and can deliver multiple laser shots on a single charge. The anti-drone buggy can also be paired with a gas powered generator incase it needs to be out in the field for an extended period of time.
The US airfare took delivery of the system in early October and will deploy the system overseas as part of a year-long experiment. The aim is to test the system’s effectiveness in a real world situation, as well as train the operators on how to operate the system.
Take a look at how the system works below.