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High-power microwave system

Defeating drones with directed energy

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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.

 

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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.

Testing technologies

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.

Learn more about Raytheon's Precision Weapons.

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