AFRL To Launch Anti-UAV Laser Experiment In October Written 22 March 2018

Inside Defense reports that the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) will launch its first experiment in using “directed energy to defend bases against small, unmanned aerial systems in October, a service official said Wednesday.” Bill Cooper, the director of AFRL’s “Hybrid Defense of Restricted Airspace (HyDRA) study, said at a March 21 Booz Allen Hamilton conference on laser weapons the Air Force will bring commercial systems to White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico for October’s experiment.” Additional subsystem testing will follow in June 2019, Cooper added, and he “noted the Air Force is preparing four experiments in the next three years to explore DE applications to counter UAS and cruise missiles and to improve precision strike capabilities.”
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