USAF tests anti-drone swarm energy weapon

May 18, 2023

Flight Global:

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) on 16 May said a system known as the Tactical High-power Operational Responder (THOR) was able to down multiple small aerial targets in a simulated attack.

“THOR was exceptionally effective at disabling the swarm with its wide beam, high peak powers and fast-moving gimbal to track and disable the targets,” says Adrian Lucero, programme manager with the AFRL’s directed energy directorate.

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