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The Australian military has tested laser weapons to destroy drones

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jun25,2024

Australian military tested laser weapon to destroy drones

The Australian Defense Force (ADF) has successfully tested its first Fractl portable laser installation. This development is designed to neutralize aerial drones moving at a speed of 100 kilometers per hour.

The Fractl system, created and supplied by the Australian company AIM Defense in Melbourne, uses a powerful laser beam that consumes “less energy than kettle for boiling water. This beam travels at the speed of light and is capable of burning through steel.

A compact device the size of a suitcase can detect and engage targets the size of a coin at a distance of 1,000 meters.

According to ADF officials, the weapon works silent and requires no complex training.

"You press a button to track the drone and the computer takes over. Then you press another button to "pull the trigger," like in a video game", – explained Corporal Patrick Flanagan of the ADF.

Weapons with an 'infinite magazine'

In addition to range testing, Fractl also underwent additional testing alongside armored vehicles to assess its effectiveness against unmanned aerial systems (C-UAS).

The military notes that conventional weapons quickly expend ammunition when engaging targets at close range, unlike laser weapons that actually has an "infinite magazine as long as there is power".

This is why, it is emphasized, modern fire control systems specifically designed to track and destroy drones are needed.

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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