Some exciting news for all the Star Wars and SCI-FI lovers. How many times have we seen troops blasting enemies with their laser blaster? I have an answer every time when it comes to Star Wars. And it’s a very complex concept and now DRDO is planning to make it real.
According to a report by TOI, DRDO is planning a national program on directed energy weapons (DEWs) that make use of high-powered microwaves as well as high-energy lasers to take down enemy drones without making physical contact. To the uninitiated, DEWs are essentially beams of concentrated magnetic energy or subatomic particles to take down targets.
The program has short, medium as well as long term goals, aiming to develop made in India DEW variants that can possess up to 100 kilowatts of power with the help from the domestic industry.
Actually, The need for a focussed approach on DEWs has now gained urgency amid the ongoing military confrontation with China in eastern Ladakh.
DRDO has already been working on numerous DEW projects for a considerable amount of time now including Chemical Oxygen Iodine and High Power Fibre Lasers and even Kali particle beams to take down incoming missiles and aircraft without even touching them.
DRDO has also developed two anti-drone DEW systems; one that uses a rather minimal 10-kilowatt laser to take down aerial targets in a 2-kilometer range, and a second compact tripod-mounted system that can take down targets in a 1-kilometer range.
As per the roadmap, in its first phase, the Indian Army and AirForce currently require 20 tactical high-energy laser systems to take down small aerial targets as well as radar systems at a range of 6-8 kilometers. And it’s phase 2, the laser should have a range of over 20 KM to take on soft-skinned vehicles and troops from the ground and an aerial platform.
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