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Double posting from US UCAV thread:
Working as part of a layered approach to counter-drone defense, MORFIUS units will be launched at hostile drones, or drone swarms, and then disable them in close proximity, with potentially a gigawatt of microwave power — or, as Lockheed put it, a million times the power of a standard 1,000-watt microwave oven.
Damm that pretty cool
 

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I still don't see how they can power an effective HPM in such a small device, even with a close range effect. Surely it must have to be charged ahead of time; I can't see that tiny engine providing the power in a timely fashion.
 

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Something along the lines of a explosively pumped generator perhaps? I wonder if there is any connection to this 2010s U.S. Army EMP grenade project.

The Army is requiring companies participating in the project to design their prototypes to fit the size of "hand or robot delivered munitions, 40 mm grenades, Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPGs), and Stinger, Hydra, and Javelin missiles." The next step is figuring out a working design itself.
 

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Static discharge. That what I proposed long ago (2014) and it should work.
Pre-launch, the charge is passed from the launcher battery to the CUAS and stored in a capacitor (can be structural).
The discharge time from losses is made superior to the vehicle flight time (this is an interceptor).
Charging the battery can be done using the ICE engine of the towing vehicle.
 

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hmmm. I'm curious what version of the AMDR she would carry. Still tho it's considerable. the 37 RMA version would sap about 2.7 MW of power for all its 4 faces. 69 RMA would need about 5 MW to run. The 9 RMA version would need about 662 KW for all of its faces.

The laser would need anywhere between about 150-750 KW to run.
 

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hmmm. I'm curious what version of the AMDR she would carry. Still tho it's considerable. the 37 RMA version would sap about 2.7 MW of power for all its 4 faces. 69 RMA would need about 5 MW to run. The 9 RMA version would need about 662 KW for all of its faces.

The laser would need anywhere between about 150-750 KW to run.
Talk of AMDR upgrade for Flight IIAs with SPY-6(V)4, 24 RMA per panel, but its not a POR and think unlikely, Navy continues having to fund its black holes, LCS, Ford and Zumwalt.

The initial 60 kW Helios, due to fitted end of this year to USS Preble a Flight IIA for trials, the trials need to be a success and confirm Helios can reach TR7 level.
 

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https://k5dwlhlpblpuz2i36lhj475zn4-...ate.goog/bespilotnik-s-lazerom-v-izraile.html :cool:

"The Israeli company Elbit Systems has demonstrated a new concept of missile defense (A MISSILE) with laser weapons. The video, posted on the company's official channel, shows a UAV with a laser emitter designed to destroy enemy missiles on the ground and after launch. The video, posted on April 13, shows the potential of the unmanned platform to complement ground-based missile defense systems. A drone with a laser emitter mounted in the bow of the machine can create a "dome" impervious to missiles. Despite the fact that the video demonstrates only the concept, the Israeli industry has the prerequisites for the development of such systems.

So, even last year, the Israeli Ministry of Defense announced a breakthrough in the development of laser technology, carried out by the Office of Defense Research and Development (DDR & D). We are talking about the ability to accurately focus laser beams on a target, overcoming atmospheric obstacles. The same technology will allow directing the laser beam to the target in the shortest possible time. The details of the development are kept secret, but it is known that it was the result of the development of electrically pumped lasers."
 

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Raytheon under contract to USAF to deliver an upgraded "dune buggy mounted High Energy Laser Weapon System (HELWS) for airfield defense to destroy small unmanned aerial systems within three kilometers by keeping its beam focused on the threat for five consecutive seconds".

The first time I've ever seen range quoted for one of the new laser systems, 3 km, to destroy small unmanned aerial systems (how small is small, a 20 oz DJI drone), qualified by "beam focused on the threat for five consecutive seconds" the small slow/light UAV will be bouncing around in the atmosphere and targeting system will be required to keep laser on drone to an accuracy of a few sq cm continuously, no mention of power, possible a 40 kW generator could be fitted to a dune buggy. The other capability consideration is numbers, if 5 secs to destroy single drone plus the acquisition time presumably requiring a volume search radar system on buggy or connected to airfield radar, overall 15 sec per target?, how many cheap drones would it be able take out before it runs out of time and overwhelmed, expect will require more than several to protect a large airfield.

From <https://www.c4isrnet.com/unmanned/2021/04/07/raytheon-awarded-155-to-upgrade-laser-weapon/>
 

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