Japanese firms release prototype counter drone high-energy laser weapons

Two Japanese defence firms have released prototypes of their high-energy laser weapons, according to a news bulletin from WION. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has developed a 10 KW high-energy laser effective over distances up to 1.2km. The anti-drone system can be mounted on ground vehicles, naval and air units. Kawaski Heavy Industries has also released a high-energy counter drone device said to offer more powerful 100 KW capability that comes with higher operating power requirements. Equipped with an infrared camera, the counter measure can track and shoot down drones via the high-energy laser. It is due to be tested in the coming weeks.

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