In a recent test, the US Air Force’s THOR microwave weapon effectively destroyed a swarm of drones, proving its efficacy in fending off changing drone threats.
The US Air Force recently conducted a successful trial of its Tactical High-Power Operational Responder (THOR) microwave weapon, which effectively neutralized a swarm of drones. The test, held at the Chestnut Test Site in New Mexico, simulated a real-world attack scenario. THOR used non-kinetic microwave pulses to quickly disable and knock the drones out of the sky. Despite never being tested against this specific type of drone before, THOR demonstrated its effectiveness in neutralizing multiple targets using its wide beam, high peak powers, and fast-tracking gimbal. As drone threats continue to advance, countries like the US are investing heavily in counter-drone capabilities. In addition to THOR, the US is planning to deploy the Leonidas high-power microwave weapon and is developing a 20-kilowatt anti-drone high-energy laser system to enhance protection for military personnel. The Air Force Research Laboratory emphasizes its commitment to developing advanced technologies to defend service members in combat situations.