Boeing Compact Laser Weapons System Shoots Down Drone

Boeing Compact Laser Weapons System Shoots Down Drone image
October 15, 2015 | Source: Elizabeth Palermo, Live Science

The Watchkeeper X can be weaponised with Thales' Free Fall Light Multirole Missile (FF LLM) precision-guided glide munitions to engage both fixed and moving targets in tactical ISTAR missions.

Watchkeeper X (WK X) is a high-performance, tactical, unmanned aircraft system (UAS) developed by French electronic systems company Thales for military and homeland security missions. It was launched at the DSEI 2015 defence exhibition held in London, UK, in September 2015.

The UAS is intended to [provide] accurate and persistent intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance (ISTAR).

Thales and WB Electronics partnered in July 2015 to develop the armed version of the Watchkeeper X UAS for the Polish Armed Forces' Gryf programme. The armed aircraft system was unveiled at the MSPO international defence industry exhibition in September 2015.