The British defense technology company QinetiQ demonstrated a drone whose link with the remote pilot is carried out by a laser. With it, current electromagnetic pulse anti-drone systems become ineffective.
At the beginning of the month, Futura evoked thean electromagnetic pulse rifle used by the Russian military to neutralize Ukrainians on the front line in the east of the country. This type of system cuts the connection between the and the operator radio control. In the case of an autonomous drone, it is the GPS which is neutralized, which makes navigation impossible. These anti-drone weapons are also used by the police services of many countries, including France, to block illegal flights. It is therefore difficult for a drone to overcome such a system… but not impossible, as the British company has just demonstrated. . Instead of a link this defense company has developed a connection called FSOC.
Laser to fight against the laser
With this optical link, eventually the electromagnetic pulse guns become ineffective and it is impossible to detect the uplink and downlink data stream. To operate, a target is permanently directed towards the drone, which means that there should be no obstacle between the two elements. The company does not indicate whether the presence of smoke or other volatile elements are likely to disturb the laser signal. On the other hand, this type of link will not change the game against the latest innovations for the fight against drones, for example thesuch as the one ordered by the to ensure the protection of the sky during the 2024 Olympic Games.