High-power microwave system
Defeating drones with directed energy
One of the most effective counter-unmanned aerial system defenses is a high-power microwave beam that disrupts the internal systems of a drone, so it can't fly. This technology helps protect U.S. military bases and naval ships.
Defending at the speed of light
Raytheon’s high-power microwave system uses directed energy to down drones—single ones or swarms—at the speed of light. Operators focus a wide, arcing energy beam on drones that sends out a short, high power burst of electromagnetic energy, destroying their electronics and dropping them simultaneously from the sky.
The U.S. military is using directed energy anti-drone systems to protect assets around the globe.
In an Air Force exercise, personnel took control of Raytheon’s high-power microwave and high-energy laser systems after one day of training, and defeated drones in real-world scenarios. The exercise followed a directed energy Army demonstration.
Raytheon’s high-power microwave and high-energy laser systems can be used independently or together.
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Defense at the speed of light
Directed energy systems down drones in U.S. Air Force demonstration.
Raytheon sensors and effectors, networked into a command-and-control system, cover the counter-UAS mission.
High-power microwaves and lasers defeat multiple drones in U.S. Army exercise.
Raytheon developing high-power microwave system
Raytheon will deliver a prototype high-power microwave system to be deployed to troops overseas under a U.S. Air Force contract.
Air Force sending PHASER to the field
The U.S. Air Force is sending PHASER overseas—the first directed energy weapon ever fielded and a huge milestone for the system.
U.S. Air Force awards contract
The Pentagon has awarded Raytheon a contract worth nearly $16.3 million for a prototype high-power microwave weapon system to destroy hostile drones.