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Troops To Test AFRL’s THOR Drone Killer This Fall

Tuesday, August 4, 2020   (0 Comments)

By Theresa Hitchens & Sydney J. Freedberg  |  August 4, 2020  |  Breaking Defense


THOR puts high-powered microwaves to fry drone swarms' electronics in a rugged and deployable package.

WASHINGTON: The Air Force will send its Tactical High Power Microwave Operational Responder (THOR) overseas this fall for operational field experiments, with Army warfighters in particular keen to get their hands on drone-killing systems. In fact, the Army has so much confidence in the Air Force’s microwave experiments that it’s decided to focus its own R&D dollars on lasers and let the Air Force take the lead developing microwave weapons that might be used by both services.

Despite some complications and delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the service is “in the process of sending systems over” for the test, Kelly Hammett, head of directed energy at Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), told Breaking D in an interview last week. “THOR is at Kirtland still — it’s going through checkout testing — [but] in the fall, it’s supposed to go.” READ MORE...

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