If you are the kind of person who enjoys lasers, Boeing has some thoroughly exciting news for you. A newly developed laser cannon was unveiled at a test session in New Mexico this week, designed as an anti-drone measure.
The Compact Laser Weapon System lacks the more flashy, science-fiction-esque characteristics that we all know and love, but it well and truly functions as an effective laser. In the demonstration, Boeing directed the laser cannon at a composite UAV shell for two seconds, quickly and thoroughly igniting the target.
The device is designed as a more portable and accessible security option, able to fit in four suitcase-sized boxes and easily deployed by a pair of technicians. It is capable of high-precision targeting, and is easily controllable with a standard Xbox 360 controller and targeting software. The CLWS is a dedicated response to the growing availability of drones, both in the public and military sector.
For more information, check out the full coverage of the demo over at Wired.com.