Alkras has told armadainternational.com that it expects the development of a new anti-Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) laser to be completed and tested by the end of 2017.
The company added, via a written statement, that this laser: “will be 50 times more compact and light weight than any other comparable system.” The firm stated that it expects to achieve power levels of up to one megawatt, or higher, for the laser. It adds that the product could be used for protecting airports, nuclear installations, diplomatic premises, and military and civilian infrastructure. In addition, the system employs molecular laser technology which provides an eye-safe nine to ten micron wavelength, along with low maintenance and repair costs.
The company has already demonstrated its expertise in anti-UAV technology with the development of the Novel Laser. This weighs only 45 kilograms (99 pounds) with the laser generator producing 3000 watts of power, and installation of the system possible on light ground vehicles. The company has stated that this complete UAV laser system will cost around $500,000. Tests have shown this laser to be effective against small ground and flying targets such as UAVs at a range up to 500 metres (1640.4 feet/ft).