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The Future of Aircraft Countermeasures: Lasers

Monday, June 3, 2019   (0 Comments)

By Staff Writer  |  May 31, 2019  |  iHLS


Lockheed Martin, along with Boeing and Northrop Grumman, are developing a laser defense system designed to defend Air Force aircraft from inbound air to air missiles. Last month, the system has managed to pass several tests. A ground based model of the system has managed to shoot down several aerial-launched missiles, thus proving the feasibility of the technology.

The laser system is called the Self-Protect High-Energy Laser Demonstrator (SHiELD). The system is intended to work as an active defense laser for aircraft, meaning that any missile, or possibly even hostile drone, that gets anywhere near the aircraft will be immediately shot down by a high energy laser. The system is to be installed onto aircraft, granting it mobile defense capabilities. In contrast to flares and electronic warfare, that are passive countermeasures intended mainly to “confuse” the missile, SHiELD is an active countermeasure, meaning it directly combats the threat. READ MORE...

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