Some Directed-Energy Weapons Show Promise While Others Slow

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(Photo by Keith Lewis-Air Force Research Laboratory )
(Photo by Keith Lewis-Air Force Research Laboratory )

July 21, 2020 | Originally published by U.S. Department of Defense Non-Lethal Weapons Program on July 7, 2020

Air Force officials are still looking to perfect directed-energy weapons to use against the low-tech threat of small drones before scaling up lasers and microwaves to take out cruise missiles.

The Air Force’s high-power microwave weapon, known as the Tactical High-Power Microwave Operational Responder, or THOR, is heading to the Army’s White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico for a last system check before it ships overseas for real-life testing, the Air Force said July 8.

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