Raytheon considers high-energy laser weapons as best approach to defeating future hypersonic missiles

Raytheon video suggests that new high-energy laser weapons might be the best approach to defeating future generations of Mach 5 hypersonic missiles.

May 28th, 2019
Laser Weapons 28 May 2019

McKINNEY, Texas – Video posted on U.S. Defense contractor Raytheon’s Twitter account, appear to show future laser weapons that can stop enemy hypersonic missiles. Defence Blog reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

28 May 2019 -- Future hypersonic weapons are expected to be maneuverable, travel several times the speed of sound, and destroy targets anywhere in the world in less than an hour.

In a video statement published by Raytheon said: “What can catch a missile moving many times the speed of sound? An interceptor that’s as fast as light. See how we’re hurtling toward lasers that can stop hypersonic missiles.”

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Today’s laser weapons can already defeat drones, but cranking out enough photons to fry ballistic missiles would take far more power. Once engineers find a clean, practical and efficient way to produce all that power, they’ll also need to focus it into an ultra-precise beam. That, in turn, takes bigger optical mirrors with coatings that withstand such a massive amount of energy. And, of course, they’ll need a vehicle that can carry it all.

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John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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