Humvee with frikkin laser on it takes out killer robot
US aerospace leviathan Boeing was delighted yesterday to announce that its Humvee-mounted “Laser Avenger” deathray weapon had shot down a small drone aircraft.
According to Boeing:
Laser Avenger achieved its principal test objectives by using its advanced targeting system to acquire and track three small UAVs [Unmanned Air Vehicles] flying against a complex background of mountains and desert. The laser system also shot down one of the UAVs from an operationally relevant range. These tests mark the first time a combat vehicle has used a laser to shoot down a UAV.
The Laser Avenger, in which a laser weapon is added to Boeing’s existing Avenger gun’n’missile anti-aircraft system, had previously suffered from a reputation for being a bit feeble. The best it had done to date was to cook off improvised bombs and unexploded shells lying stationary on the ground.
But Boeing say the Laser Avenger now kicks coherent-light arse.