Boeing Builds a Drone Killer

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Boeing Laser CannonEngineers at Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) have successfully brought down an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), more commonly called a drone, with a portable laser cannon. What made the laser device unit stand out is its portability: the cannon, cooling system, power supply and other gear are contained in four suitcase-sized containers.

The range of the laser cannon has not been specified, but Boeing’s engineers say it has “tactical” range, which means at least several hundred yards. And because the laser beam travels at the speed of light, aiming the cannon is simple because there is no need to lead the target. It is easier than shooting the row of moving ducks at an amusement park.

The cannon is controlled by a laptop with custom targeting software and a standard XBox 360 controller. As military hardware goes, it cannot get a whole lot less expensive than that. And the total cost?…

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