Boeing shoots down UAV with 2 kW laser

11 August 2015

Boeing’s Compact Laser Weapon System (CLWS) used a 2 kW laser to disable an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) during Exercise ‘Black Dart’, representatives from Boeing announced on 11 August.

During the 3 August event, the system shot down an airborne UAV at Point Mugu in California by holding the laser beam on the UAV’s tail for 10-15 seconds, David DeYoung, director of Boeing Laser and Electro-Optical Systems, said during a media roundtable.

The two-man portable CLWS also identified and tracked – with a mid-wave infrared sensor – ground and airborne targets from “ranges approaching 40 km” during the event, Boeing announced.