Counter-Swarm Electromagnetic Weapon Developed by AFRL

(Photo courtesy of AFRL Directed Energy Directorate.)

(Photo courtesy of AFRL Directed Energy Directorate.)

October 8, 2019 | Source: Military Embedded Systems,, Diana S. Correll, 27 September 2019

A Tactical High-power Operational Responder (THOR) is a counter-swarm electromagnetic weapon that the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) developed for airbase defense. The system provides non-kinetic defeat of multiple targets. It operates from ground power and uses energy to disable unmanned systems.

A demonstration system has been built and tested on military test ranges near Kirtland Air Force Base (AFB), NM, where it has engaged multiple targets. Further testing against a larger set of unmanned systems in swarming configurations is being planned.

THOR stores completely in a 20-ft transport container, which can be transported in a C-130 aircraft. AFRL officials claim that the system can be set up within 3 hours and has a user interface designed to require very little user training.