The American company Northrop Grumman has signed with startup Epirus agreement on the integration of electromagnetic pulse weapons Leonidas the structure of the object air defense system, the supply of which the US Army will begin in the near future. As writes Flightglobal, emitters are used to protect objects from unmanned aircraft, or for a no-fly zone for unmanned aircraft.
According to the military, drones of different classes represent a growing threat for a variety of important objects. So the militants of the “Islamic state” (declared a terrorist organization and banned in our country) began to use commercial drones for reconnaissance and surveillance, as well as flying min. For this reason, some in the world several companies have been creating relatively cheap protivokrazhnogo weapons.
Leonidas is a pulsed electromagnetic emitter with electronic components based on gallium nitride. It is capable of generating pulsed electromagnetic radiation, which can destroy the electronics of unmanned aerial vehicles. The system is able to operate in the mode of radiation to the target, and in continuous radiation for the organization no-fly zone.
Technical details about the system Leoindas the developers did not disclose. We only know that weapons can be installed on the car. In addition to drones emitter is also capable of disabling on-Board electronics of vehicles, which can be useful for emergency stopping of machinery-offenders.
Previously the American company Lockheed Martin , presented the laser system of objects protection from drones. During the test in 2017 on the site “white Sands” in new Mexico combat laser shot down five unmanned aircraft of the type. The laser system is called ATHENA (Advanced Test High Energy Asset, a high-energy system for extended testing). In its composition is used in a fiber laser power of 30 kilowatts.