US Air Force uses advanced weapon to destroy drone swarms just weeks after the Saudi oil strike – but won't say where it will be located
- US Air Force bought drone killing machine for $ 16.28 million
- It uses systems that are equipped with an electromagnetic pulse cannon
- The Defense organization uses PHASER for testing abroad
A huge $ 16.28 million microwave weapon system designed to & # 39; disrupt & # 39; and & # 39; to be damaged & will be tested abroad for operational evaluations.
This device, called PHASER, uses electromagnetic pulses to knock down swarms of enemy drones.
The news about the deployment of the powerful device only comes a few weeks after a fleet of 10 drones attacked a refinery and an oil field in Saudi Arabia.
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Th Air Force implements a prototype microwave weapon system that uses an electromagnetic pulse to knock down swarms of overseas drones for operational evaluation
The weapon is mounted at 20 ft. trailer, and can detect and track threats using its own radar or become & # 39; connected & # 39; on other sensors.
The device parameters can be set to & # 39; disrupt & # 39; or & # 39; damage & # 39 ;.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
EMP, or electromagnetic pulse weapons, and HMP high-power microwave, use systems that are equipped with an electromagnetic pulse gun.
This uses a super-powerful microwave to generate a concentrated jet of energy.
The energy causes voltage spikes in electronic equipment, making them unusable before surge protection gets the chance to respond.
The goal is to destroy the command, control, communication, and computer, surveillance and intelligence capabilities of an enemy without harming people or infrastructure.
Powered by a diesel generator, PHASER can direct a brief shock of microwave energy in the direction of incoming drones.
The energy roasts the control systems, stops their engines and ensures that drones fall out of the sky.
The US Air Force has spent a total of $ 16.28 million on the prototype, which it has purchased from Raytheon and will carry out tests at a non-specified location outside the US until December 20, 2020. Popular mechanics reported.
& # 39; Experimental includes, but is not limited to, 12 months in-field operation by air force personnel against threats from unmanned aviation systems & # 39 ;, the announcement explains.
Bovendien In addition, experimentation includes, but is not limited to, training of operators, theater maintenance of systems while availability is being collected (full mission fit, partial mission fit, non mission fit), reliability, maintainability, and support data and system operation against real-world or simulated hostile vignettes without disrupting other necessary installation operations. & # 39;
Unlike lasers, these types of HPM weapons can disrupt or destroy electronic devices in a large area.
Raytheon says it has halved the size of the PHASER payload since the experiment in 2013
The weapon is mounted at 20 ft. trailer, and can detect and track threats using its own radar or become & # 39; connected & # 39; on other sensors. The device parameters can be set to & # 39; disrupt & # 39; or & # 39; damage & # 39;
& # 39; It is a remarkable coincidence, as this has essentially been at work between the Air Force and Raytheon since an experiment in White Sands (Missile Range) at the end of last year, & # 39; said Don Sullivan, Raytheon's chief technologist for targeted energy missile systems.
& # 39; There are fairly recent incidents, for example in Yemen, where a very large drone with a high explosive charge killed about 40 people at a prayer location of all places. And that was on YouTube, & # 39; Sullivan said.
& # 39; It was a real eye opener. What happened in Saudi at the weekend was something like the third degree. & # 39;
The attack in Saudi Arabia took place on September 14, 14 when ten drones launched by Iranian-backed militants caused a huge fire in the early hours of this morning at & # 39; the world's largest oil plant and a large oil field in Saudi Arabia.
The fires at Abqaiq in Buqayq, with & # 39; the world's largest oil processing plant, and Khurais, with the country's second largest oil field, have now been brought under control since the drone attacks at 4:00 AM local time.
Two days after the attack, crude oil prices rose by 10 percent as a result of the explosions that disrupted the supply of around 5.7 million barrels per day or 5 percent of the global supply, experts warning that gasoline prices gallons in the US could rise to 24 cents a day and four pennies per liter in the UK as a result.
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