TweakTown
Tech content trusted by users in North America and around the world
6,066 Reviews & Articles | 38,986 News Posts
TRENDING NOW: NVIDIA releases the GeForce GTX 980, its most advanced GPU at $549

Next-gen military drones to sport 'death-ray' laser

Look, up in the sky, it's a bird... it's a plane... no it's your tax dollars with a 'death-ray'-powe

| Science, Space & Robotics News | Posted: Dec 11, 2012 7:24 am

It looks like the US skies are about to get a little scarier, with next-generation military drones being unveiled by a top US manufacturer. These new unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) will sport an ultra-light laser, which is capable of reportedly destroying an object at the speed of light - yikes.

 

TweakTown image news/2/7/27216_09_next_gen_military_drones_to_sport_death_ray_laser.jpg

 

Someone close to the High Energy Liquid Laser Area Defense System (HELLADS) told Time magazine "it would give us an unlimited magazine".

 

The Defense Advance Research Project Agency (DARPA), over the last four years, have handed contractor General Atomics over $60 million to develop, and then scale the HELLADS project, which contains a very powerful 150kW laser. Lasers available at that strength contain the power to destroy an incoming rocket or plane, but are very big and heavy - meaning they're only capable of being deployed on stationary defense systems.

 

But the new HELLADS system, which DARPA says is in the "final development stage" is much, much lighter. Weighing in at just 750kg, it is capable of being attached to a UAV and opens up a plethora of options for aerial deployment. A perfect suitor would be UAVs.

 

The lasers aren't capable of firing through clouds or smoke, and requires a physical recognition of the device before the death-from-above laser can do its work. This still doesn't calm the mind knowing that there will soon be some Star Wars-like technology over US citizens' heads "defending" them.

 

Read more on HELLADS at the source.

NEWS SOURCES:Rt.com

Related Tags

Further Reading: Read and find more Science, Space & Robotics news at our Science, Space & Robotics news index page.

Do you get our news RSS feed? Get It!

Got an opinion on this news? Post a comment below!

Latest Tech News Posts

View More News Posts

Forum Activity

View More Forum Posts

Press Releases

View More Press Releases