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Boeing’s compact lasers shine at counter-drone competition

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Boeing’s compact lasers shine at counter-drone competition

Boeing configured the units with a radar system to detect targets before automatically “handing over” control to the compact lasers to identify, track, engage and defeat them — demonstrating the full counter-UAS kill chain at distances ranging from 200 meters to 2.5 kilometers.

“This was a great opportunity for us to roll up our sleeves alongside Canadian defence and security organizations to show what CLWS could do reliably over several days, as well as the benefit of multiple lower-power, lower-cost systems engaging the same target at the same time,” said Kurt Sorenson, CLWS program manager. “CLWS is a combat-proven, multi-mission solution with an open systems architecture that’s capable of meeting Canada’s integrated command and control requirements.”

The biannual Counter UAS Sandbox, organized by Canada’s Department of National Defence’s IDEaS program in coordination with the Canadian Armed Forces, brought together advanced solutions from across industry to detect and defeat small UAS. A “Sandbox” is an opportunity for innovators to demonstrate and test solutions and receive feedback from the Canadian defence and security community while informing them about the state of the possible.

Types of operational scenarios simulated at the event included forward operating base defense, mobile force and dismounted personnel protection, and urban and naval operations.

Boeing’s CLWS — recently returned from a multi-year overseas deployment with the U.S. Marine Corps — has defeated more than 400 drones in dozens of demonstrations, scenarios and environments in the hands of military operators with as little as one hour of training.

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