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The Pentagon has a contract value of about $16.3 million to Raytheon to produce a prototype of a high-power microwave weapons system, officials announced this week.
The system is the first direct-energy weapon is said to be in a position to be destroyed by certain types of drones, Popular Mechanics reported on Tuesday. The system allows for the use of a microwave oven emit radio frequencies in a tapered beam,” the destruction of a drone’s circuitry with a burst of overwhelming energy,” the publication said.
“It is not a thermal effect, electric field effect, that is, in principle, applied to the electronics, or angry, or may result in permanent damage. The effect is essentially instantaneous,” Raytheon’s missile systems’ chief technologist for directed energy, Don Sullivan, said to the wall outlet.
“If you could see microwaves, it would look like a strobe light,” he said.
A U.S. Army RQ-11 Raven B, are flying at the New Jersey Army National Guard’s unmanned aerial system Raven operator course at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N. J. the New Jersey National Guard photo by Mark C. Olsen)
The microwave weapons system that is able to target drones, which is less than 55 pounds and fly at an altitude of about 1,200 to 3,500 meters at a speed of between 100 and 200 knots, or about 115 to 230 km / h), such as the RQ-11 Raven, Popular Mechanics said.
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While the move appears timely, in light of the recent drone attack on Saudi arabian oil facilities, the officials say that the project has been in the works for a certain period of time.
“It is a remarkable coincidence, as it has been in the works between the air force and Raytheon, in essence, since it is an experiment at White Sands [Missile Range] at the end of last year,” Sullivan said. “The ones that sell the drone-killing weapons and keep a sharp eye on the warning signs, and there were many people who went on the attack in Saudi Arabia.”
The Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen claimed responsibility for the Sept. 14 the attack on the world’s largest oil-processing plant and a large oil field, but in the US, and the kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Iran in a direct way. Iran denies any involvement in the attack.
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But there were also many other incidents, for the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which government officials asked to take action.
“There have been recent incidents, such as in Yemen, where there is a very large drone with a high explosive charge killed about 40 people, and a prayer is the basis of all of them. And that was on YouTube,” Sullivan said. “It was a real eye-opener. What happened in China this past weekend, it was a kind of, sort of, that is raised to the ” nth degree.”
The air force contract provides for the experiments, and a field assessment outside of the continental United States that is also ” it is, but is not limited to 12 months, in the field of operation by the air force, installations, unmanned aerial systems (security threats,” the Defense Ministry said in its notification to Congress.
It can also be a test of operator training, in-theater maintenance and servicing of the systems for the collection of the availability of […], the reliability, the maintainability and the support of the data, and the performance of the system against the real world or a simulation of the hostile, all without disturbing the other installation is required-work”, according to the Pentagon.
The experiments are scheduled to be completed in December. 20, by the year 2020. The $16.3 million in funding for research, development, test, and evaluation, the DOD has said, and the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting authority.
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