The Army is buying microwave cannons to take down drones in mid-flight

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The high-powered microwave system would be mounted to an aircraft.

The US Army has a new plan for microwaving drones out of the sky. In a public solicitation last Friday, the agency announced its intention to purchase an airborne high-powered microwave system from Lockheed Martin, which is intended for use against drones. The weapon, which would be mounted to an airplane, would disable fixed-wing or quadcopter drones with a beam of focused radiation.

Drone countermeasures are particularly relevant in the wake of an apparent assassination attempt against Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro that was carried out by a pair of hexacopter drones rigged with remote-triggered explosives. Public video collected by Bellingcat indicates the attack was carried out by drones similar to DJI’s Matrice 600. Each drone was equipped with a kilogram of C4 explosive, according to a statement by Venezuelan security forces. The Matrice 600’s maximum carrying capacity is 5.5 kilograms.

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One of a Kind Mini Cannon Firing at Targets

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This cannon is scarcely larger than a dime, and at first glance it’s not looking all that scary. But watch this video of it firing its ball-bearing-sized cannonball. Look what it does to that beer mug! And it’s accurate, too. This thing could put an eye out.

 

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Electromagnetic Pulse Cannon Could Disable A Car In An Instant

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Electro-pulse cannon stops cars in their tracks

Today’s cars are so full of computerized electronics, one serious electromagnetic pulse could stop any car built after the mid-’70s in an instant. Canadian company Eureka Aerospace might be able to do that with its High-Powered Electromagnetic System (HPEMS). It’s a suitcase-sized electromagnetic pulse (EMP) cannon that immediately disables a car or truck from 656 feet away without hurting the driver or innocent bystanders. (Video)

 

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The Amazing Candle Cannon

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Baking a cake to celebrate 20 years in business wasn’t enough fun for sub makers Erbert and Gerbert, oh no— they decided to build a man-sized air vortex cannon to blow out its candles. What’s an air vortex canon, you ask? It’s one of those big gun-like toys that fires puffs of air surprisingly far across the room. Watch the video of it blowing smoke-rings that would even impress Gandalf: you’ll be blown away.

 

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