The US Air Force Research Laboratory's (AFRL’s) Strategic Development Planning and Experimentation Group (SDPE) is planning to demonstrate the application of directed energy technologies – lasers and high-power microwave devices – to defeat unmanned aircraft systems (UASs).
Initial responses to a Directed Energy Counter-Unmanned Aircraft Systems (DE C-UAS) Capability Request for Information (CRFI) issued by AFRL in September 2017 have already been received. These submissions are being used to determine possible candidate systems for an upcoming fiscal year 2018 experiment. AFRL is planning to hold an industry engagement event from 5 to 9 February at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland.
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