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The Australian military tested a laser weapon to destroy drones

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jun24,2024

Australian military protested laser weapon to destroy drones

The Australian Defense Force (ADF) has taken a huge step forward by successfully testing its first portable Fractl laser installation. This is a real technological revolution that can change the rules of the game in the fight against drones that develop speeds of up to 100 km/h.

The Fractl system, developed by AIM Defense from Melbourne, uses a powerful laser beam. Imagine: this beam consumes less energy than a kettle to boil water, but moves at the speed of light and can burn steel. The compact device, which resembles the size of a suitcase, can detect and engage targets the size of a coin at a distance of up to 1000 meters.

One of Fractl's biggest strengths is its ease of use. It works silently and does not require complex training. According to Corporal Patrick Flanagan of the ADF, «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”.

Fractl not only successfully passed tests on the range, but also proved itself in additional tests together with armored vehicles. This made it possible to evaluate its effectiveness against unmanned aerial systems (C-UAS). The military notes that conventional weapons quickly run out of ammunition when engaging targets at close range, while laser weapons effectively have an  "infinite magazine» as long as there is power.

The Australian Defense Force is emphasizing the importance of modern fire control systems specifically designed to track and destroy drones. In a world where drones are becoming an increasingly serious threat, Fractl and similar solutions are extremely important.

Modern warfare requires different approaches to combating drones. Directed energy systems capable of detecting, tracking and destroying such targets are particularly effective against small multicopters. As Staff Sergeant 2nd Class Eli Lee of the ADF's Robotics and Autonomous Systems Division noted: «The lessons of Ukraine are that drones are a real problem, and if we don't do something, we're in for a nasty surprise in the next battle».

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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