Cool Gadgets, Gizmos, Games and Geek Stuff on Technabob
VISIT OUR OTHER SITES: THE AWESOMER | 95OCTANE

Researchers Develop Laser Missile Defense System for Helicopters

by Shane McGlaun
Advertisement

All Dr. Evil wanted was sharks with frickin’ laser beams on their heads. For now, he will have to settle for helicopters with bad attitudes instead. A group of researchers at the University of Michigan has figured out how to use lasers that can survive the stress of helicopter flight to confuse missiles into not hitting their intended target.

The system is mounted to a military helicopter and when it detects a missile coming towards the helicopter; the laser hits the missile with a mid-infrared supercontinuum laser. The supercontinuum laser carries a broad range of wavelengths and is capable of mimicking the heat produced by a helicopter engine.

That faux heat signature is enough to confuse the missile and keep it from hitting the intended target. The system is said to be effective up to 1.8 miles from the helicopter. The laser is also very simple and is made from off the shelf fiber optic parts, which is what makes the laser able to function aboard helicopters where other lasers fail.

[via GizMag]



Xeric Cypher Automatic Watches

Xeric Cypher Automatic Watches

Walking on the Moon on Harpejji

Walking on the Moon on Harpejji

Takibi Fire & Grill

Takibi Fire & Grill

Advertisement
The Subaru BRZ Is Dead, Long Live the BRZ

The Subaru BRZ Is Dead, Long Live the BRZ

Subaru Announces 2021 Legacy and Outback Prices

Subaru Announces 2021 Legacy and Outback Prices

2021 Bentley Bentayga Speed Has New Look, Still Packs a W-12

2021 Bentley Bentayga Speed Has New Look, Still Packs a W-12

Advertisement