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    Top General in Mideast Calls for Microwave Weapons for ‘Layered’ Defense Against Drone Swarms

    Top General in Mideast Calls for Microwave Weapons for ‘Layered' Defense Against Drone Swarms

    The 's newest operational laser weapon may be undergoing testing in the Middle East, but the top general responsible for U.S. troops in the region is already looking ahead to bigger and better directed-energy systems amid a rising tide of adversary drones.

    Speaking during a Senate Armed Service Committee hearing on Thursday, U.S. Central Command chief Gen. Michael “Erik” Kurilla argued that lawmakers should continue to invest in directed-energy weapons like high-powered microwaves rather than just high-energy lasers to combat the potential future threat of drone swarms.

    “The bigger concern is if you talking about swarms, so we need to continue to invest in things like high-powered microwave [sic] to be able to counter a drone swarm that is coming at you,” Kurilla said. “I mean, nothing is 100%. And at some point, the law of statistics will come up to you. You have to have layered defense.”

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    High-energy laser weapons are designed to defeat incoming drones and missiles by employing a narrow beam of energy to burn incoming threats out of the sky. In contrast, high-powered microwaves create a cone of electromagnetic interference that disables electronics across both a wider area and a wider range of target systems, according to the latest Congressional Research Service report on directed-energy weapons.

    While lasers provide…

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