In recent years, small drones have makes their way on the battlefield where they were used to monitor American forces or drop bombs, prompting the US military to develop new methods to shoot them down. This week the US Air Force unveiled a new tool Designed to protect bases from drone swarms, the operational response to the High Power Microwave (THOR) problem is designed to protect bases from drone swarms.
The Air Force Research Laboratory at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico, developed the system, that uses short bursts of high power microwaves to disable unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). According to the local television channel KRQE, the system was developed quickly (18 months) for about $ 15 million. It runs with a generator and is stored in a shipping container, which means it can be transported almost anywhere and in a matter of hours.
The air force started THOR testing against short-range targets earlier this springAnother system is the counter-electronic high-frequency microwave air defense (CHIMERA) airbase designed for hitting medium and long-range objects. This system should be delivered next year.
The army predicts that a major problem will be made up of clouds of drones operating in concert, no matter if one or two of these planes are shot down. This system is actually designed to take a large number of drones at the same time and has a range greater than that of bullets or nets. THOR program manager Amber Anderson says the system "works like a flashlight" and that everything in the beam "will be removed … in the blink of an eye".
Taking a drone is a difficult proposition: they are small and difficult to hit with a gun, and if they fly over people, they may be hurt by falling debris or pieces of drone. That did not stop people from trying out various methods to eliminate them, from conventional defensive systems at netting, Eaglesand even drones armed with hunting rifles. The US military has started looking for similar systems. he invested in a microwave weapon built by Lockheed Martin in August 2018, while other departments of the Ministry of Defense were testing other defense systems, such as lasers, that could be used against drone or missiles.