The US air force has developed a new type of weapon to combat drones. A powerful microwave system called Tactical High Power Microwave Operational Responder (THOR) is able to "shoot down" squadrons of drones. According to the developers, their method is much more effective than conventional bullets or other ways to combat UAVs.
The system was created in the us air force research laboratory at Kirtland base in Albuquerque, new Mexico. The creation of high-tech weapons took only 18 months and about $ 15 million. The electromagnetic gun is powered by a generator and stored in a special transport container, which allows you to quickly deliver it to the right place and set up in a few hours.
According to the military, the real threat in the wars of the future will be swarms of drones, United in a network. If you shoot down one or more drones in such a squadron, it will not affect the work of the others. Therefore, the Thor system was developed. Project Manager amber Anderson said that "Thor" works on the principle of a flashlight, instantly neutralizing everything that falls under its beam.
It is worth noting that THOR is designed to neutralize targets at a short distance. To defeat objects at medium and long distances, the us Air force is developing another system called CHIMERA. It is expected that Chimera will be officially delivered next year.