15:04 GMT04 August 2020
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    During this week’s defense and security expo in London German defense contractor Rheinmetall Defense Electronics unveiled a new sea-based anti-drone laser system.

    The system, unveiled at the Defense and Security Equipment Industry Expo in London, features four high energy lasers mounted on turret, making it look like some kind of laser Gatling gun, Popular Mechanics reported.

    The four 20 kilowatt lasers fire simultaneously, in a technique known as superimposition which combines them into a single powerful 80 kilowatt beam.

    According to the company, using superimposition there's not limit to the amount of energy that can be focused on a target — just add more lasers.

    The Gatling laser can reportedly shoot down a drone at 500 meters. Lasers can also detonate ammunition, explode artillery shells, blind the sensors of another ship, and even burn holes in smaller ships.

    The real range of the system is also likely much longer: in tests Rheinmetall's 30 kilowatt laser blew up an 82-millimeter mortar in midair at 1,000 meters. The result will be ships protected from a variety of threats — at the speed of light.

    Russia is developing a military airborne laser system based on the IL-76 transport plane and designed to counter enemy intelligence means in various environments. The design in principle is not new, as it was started in 1980.

    The complex is designed to transmit laser energy to remote objects in order to counter the infrared optoelectronic means of the enemy.

    The laser is able to paralyze the work of intelligence facilities based in space, in the air and on the ground.


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