South Korea tests directional infrared counter drone technology from Hanwha to disable incoming missiles

South Korea has successfully tested a counter drone system that uses laser technology to disable hostile drones fired from portable surface-to-air equipment according to a report by The Korea Times.

The report says Korea’s Agency for Defense Development (ADD) has released details of initial operational tests and evaluations on helicopters in cooperation with Hanwha Systems from 2020 to 2021. “The directional infrared countermeasures (DIRCM) system emits a laser beam that “blinds” incoming missiles that rely on heat to track their target.”

It quotes a statement from ADD saying “the system has drastically shortened the response time, enabling aircraft to defend against portable surface-to-air missiles at close range,” adding “the system can also be used by larger aircraft, when enhanced with a stronger laser output”.

(Image: DIRCM system, ADD, Korea Times)

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