Raytheon delivers 1st high-energy laser counter-UAS system to US Air Force

Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has announced the delivery of the first high-energy laser counter-unmanned aerial system (UAS) to the US Air Force, the company said.

The system will be deployed overseas as part of a year-long Air Force experiment to train operators and test the system´s effectiveness in real-world conditions.

Raytheon´s high-energy laser weapon system uses an advanced variant of the company´s Multi-spectral Targeting System, an electro-optical/infrared sensor, to detect, identify and track rogue drones. Once targeted, the system engages the threat, neutralizing the UAS in a matter of seconds.

Raytheon installed its high-energy laser weapon system on a small all-terrain vehicle. On a single charge from a standard 220-volt outlet, the HELWS can deliver intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capability and dozens of precise laser shots. It can also be paired with a generator to provide a nearly infinite number of shots.

Raytheon Company, with 2018 sales of USD 27 billion and 67,000 employees, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions.