15 November 2014

USN Counter-UAV Weapon Deployed

The Navy’s USS Ponce is now patrolling the Persian Gulf with an anti-UAV weapon with the official title of “Laser Weapons System.”

The Quartz report quotes NavalTechnology.com in describing the Laser Weapons System: “The system comprises a single laser weapon control console manned by a surface warfare weapons officer on board the USS Ponce, who can operate all functions of the laser and, if commanded, fire the weapon.”

Developed by Kratos Defense and Security Solutions, the Laser Weapons System can also be used against small boat attackers, and ONR is developing a similar weapon for use by the Marines for ground vehicles.
Source: @MatthewPhillips Quartz

26 September 2014

26 January 2014

Raytheon's SilentEyes: Slave microUAV Concept Still Reverberates

In an August 2004 story, Space Daily reported a successful test of the Raytheon SilentEyes microUAV. In the test conducted at Edwards AFB,  SilentEyes prototypes were "ejected from an MQ-9 Predator." The goal of the SilentEyes project was to enable a high-altitude UAV such as the Predator, to extend its reach by using a lower-cost UAV. The slave UAV could be used to provide high resolution images or other sensor data from lower altitudes. It flew autonomously, but relayed its data stream through the MQ-9 to MQ-9 ground control stations. 

SilentEyes was cancelled, but the project was one of several that has contemplated the use of multiple, networked small and lower-cost UAVs to coordinate data gathering for intelligence, mapping and other applications. Slave microUAVs could be launched individual or as a swarm from air or ground platforms. A goal of these projects has been to leverage R&D in networked robotics.

Raytheon SilentEyes via Space Daily (2004)