The Force Is Strong With DRDO As Work Is Underway For Developing Star Wars-Like Weapons

Remember super concentrated lasers used in Star Wars that blew out of every gun, rifle, and vehicle ammunition? While military superpowers like US, Russia, and China are way ahead in their research and development for real life similar versions of the same, India is not one to be left behind.

The Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is making headway in developing such weaponry

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A directed energy weapon (DEW) system of 10 kilowatts, aimed at destroying Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) and similar targets is being developed using a combination of precision tracking and laser beam technologies. It has already been tested at a smaller scale at Centre for High Energy Systems and Sciences (CHESS), Hyderabad.

 

Development of DEW and similar technological weapons is a high priority according to the Defense Ministry

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Electromagnetic pulse (EMP) and DEW weapons were pinpointed as top priority areas in the 15-year technology perspective and capability roadmap which was outlined by the Defense Ministry. DRDO says that smaller systems like laser dazzlers to control and overpower hostile single or group targets have been developed.

 

Development of DEW weapons is a challenge, but not impossible, says DRDO

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The Laser Science & Technology Centre at DRDO is working round the clock on multiple systems, ranging from chemical-based lasers to fiber-based lasers. The project has been under rapid and high priority development ever since the allocation of Rs. 115 Crores by the Government in February of 2014 to CHESS. The project is scheduled to be completed by July of 2017.

Maybe a laser blaster is not a distant dream anymore, albeit on a terra forma level, if not intergalactic.

More power to you, DRDO!


News source: Times of India
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