The Pentagon has stepped up testing of new weapons aimed at targeting low-flying drones after the September 14 attacks on Saudi Arabia’s main oil facility.
The Pentagon said that the danger of drones reached a high degree in conflict areas, which prompted the Pentagon to buy a PHASER weapon from defense company Raytheon, which is a leader in the manufacture of weapons, according to the magazine Defense Mechanics Popular.
Microwaves and energy pulses
The Pentagon has told Congress that it has bought a new microwave weapon system that will be tested in conflict zones to ensure its effectiveness, the magazine said in a report.
The sophisticated new weapon is classified as capable of shooting down drones by using microwaves and energy pulses to shoot down and destroy drone squadrons.
The purchase is intended to deploy PHASER abroad for a year-long evaluation, making it the first-ever defense-powered weapon ever deployed.
According to the report, the system was purchased by the Pentagon for $ 16 million to conduct a field assessment in conflict areas for the purpose of testing and is expected to be completed by the end of December next year.
There are many targeted energy weapons the Air Force is buying to test its effectiveness in this area, officials say, some of which will be on the front lines in tense areas of the globe where drones have become a serious threat, including North Korea, Africa, Ukraine and the East. The Pentagon did not say whether the system would be tested in Saudi Arabia first.
After the Aramco attacks
Officials at the US Air Force and system maker Raytheon say the purchase has been going on for some time, but the timing of the announcement came after attacks on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia. The recent attack on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia highlighted the dangers of drones and provoked a quick reaction from the Pentagon. .
The PHASER system operates by microwaves to disrupt aircraft of the first and second class, weighing between 25 kilograms and flying at altitudes ranging from 1,200 to 3,500 feet at speeds of 100 to 200 knots.
The magazine describes the weapon “PHASER” microwave cannon (microwave) around the clock and emits frequencies in the form of a conical beam, not aimed at destroying the drone, but the destruction of electronic systems and thus disrupt and drop.
The magazine says that the new weapon is very effective and means that it now represents a long-awaited victory for this deadly threat, in other words, this weapon will be classified as anti-drones.