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U.S. Testing Its THOR Drone-Killing Microwave Weapon In Africa

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U.S. Testing Its THOR Drone-Killing Microwave Weapon In Africa

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The US Air Force is testing its prototype drone-killing microwave, the Tactical High Power Microwave Operational Responder (THOR), “in a real-world setting” in Africa.

This was announced by Richard Joseph, the Air Force’s chief scientist.

This is necessary since Iran and its allies frequently use drones and drone swarms, this is necessary development that needs to take place, but a bit away from the Middle East, so as not to risk an escalation.

A May report by RAND Corporation’s Project Air Force also raised an alarm on growing base threats.

“The gap between the cruise missile threat and the U.S. joint force’s capacity and capability to counter the threat is particularly worrisome. Constraints on resources and Army prioritization of mobile short-range air defenses for forward forces suggest that shortfalls in air base air defenses are likely to continue unless U.S. Department of Defense force planning and posture decisions give higher priority to these point defenses.”

“We have recently deployed a test system to Africa for base defense … based on a microwave system. And the purpose is to be able to disrupt and destroy the performance of drones or swarms of drones,” he told the Mitchell Institute today. “It’s been tested extensively, works remarkably well. … I’ve watched it in action and it’s really quite impressive.”

He didn’t provide any details as to when the THOR would specifically be ready for deployment, however.

U.S. Testing Its THOR Drone-Killing Microwave Weapon In Africa

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Joseph said THOR was “better than anything else” the service has right now, and noted that “the capabilities that can be incorporated in system are increasing day by day.”

The Air Force back in August was readying THOR for overseas field experiments.

THOR uses high-powered microwaves to fry drones’ electronics, shooting swarms out of the sky at short ranges. If anti-drone lasers are like sniper rifles, microwave weapons are like shotguns full of birdshot.

THOR was designed by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), and it uses a radar that AFRL bought from Idaho-based startup Black Sage last month.

“THOR is a directed energy game-changer,” said Dr. Kelly Hammett, AFRL’s Directed Energy director, back in April 2020.

“Drones are becoming more and more pervasive and can be used as weapons intended to cause harm to our military bases at long standoff ranges. We built the THOR weapon system as a deterrent against these type threats. THOR with its counter electronic technology can take down swarms of drones in rapid fire. This capability will be an amazing asset to our warfighters and the nation’s defense,” said Hammett.

“The overseas field assessments are allowing us to understand directed energy as a capability against drones. This gives us a better picture of the military utility, reliability and sustainability, training requirements and implementation with existing base defense,” said Dr. Michael Jirjis, the Base Defense Experimentation director of the Air Force Strategic Development Planning & Experimentation (SDPE) Office.

Jirjis said the 12-month assessment of the directed energy weapon system would shape the Air Force’s future program of how to integrate the new weapon system on military bases.

It appears that the US is steadily improving its capabilities when it comes to the microwave weapon and the fight against drones, which would likely come in handy if the situation in the Middle East were to escalate.

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47 comments

  1. cechas vodobenikov says:

    if this performs as pitifully as the newest US carrier, as reported at anti-empire.com then US will soon be required to surrender to Antifa/LGBT army and disintegrate into numerous narco, multi gender mini nations

    1. Proud Hindu says:

      We have seen how pathetic russian weapons are.Indian airforce mig wasnt able to shoot down pakistan air force f16 bcoz of those junk russian missiles.Thats why we started buying weapons from france,israel and the usa.

      1. Lone Ranger says:

        Actually Indian air force performs better.
        Only junk here is you and your fellow hasbarats fake hindu.

        1. Proud Hindu says:

          Yup thanks to our pilots and western weapons.Russian weapons were really good in the 90s.But honestly russia has lost its edge in conventional weapons.

          1. JIMI JAMES says:

            You can’t steEr for sht thats you problem not russias,hows you apple $6.79 pm salary by the way and to think with such insolent comments make bring you success? Don’t insult intellects, india smoked usa 11-1 and the uk 10-0 in simulated dogfights ok,obviously fails linked to sabotage and not pakistan lost a F16 – FACT:

          2. profwatson says:

            Stop calling me and others with your frauds.

          3. Lone Ranger says:

            You keep spelling the U.S. wrong tho…

          4. Proud2BArab says:

            Russia spends a fraction of what western countries spend on weapon projects and still challenges them , So I think it’s amazing that 1 country can challenge all NATO countries .

          5. Peter Jennings says:

            That lost edge had everyone at the pentagon crapping themselves 6-12 months ago with release of new Russian missile technology.

      2. Jesus says:

        Junk Russian missiles?
        India just ordered 700 million million package of 300 R73 and R77 missiles from Russia.

        1. Kastaibes says:

          Indian will change the label as made in india.

      3. cechas vodobenikov says:

        indian pilots only learn how to use rickshaw and fly kites..u need more sihks to control untouchable doo doo

      4. Peter Jennings says:

        Buy the weapons from the isreali apartheid regime. They are tested on innocent civilians and known to work.

        Maybe the strike failure is down to crappy pilots?

    2. nyomarek says:

      Navy arseholes will get very loose after the coup by LGBT army.

  2. Potato Man says:

    LMFAO, “in a real-world setting” in Africa…

    1. Jens Holm says:

      Real world often starts with small pilot projekts and partly in secret.

  3. johnny rotten says:

    Another, yet another, fraud against taxpayers? oh yes.

    1. Jens Holm says:

      USA decide that by election and voting. Hard times for You not getting free bread and toys from UNICEF.

  4. wwinsti says:

    Here’s the US developing yet another ‘game changer’ that just happens to mirror developments in Russia a couple of decades ago.

    By the powers granted to me via South Front, I here by Christen thee ‘the US krasukha’, lest anyone be confused as to your inspiration ‘O little container sized microwave.

    1. occupybacon says:

      I don’t think Jaming is equal to this. Jaming was since USSR.

    2. John Brown says:

      They still need their own versions of the TOR, Pantasir etc for a layered defense to aim at and shoot down drones in concert with this weapon. From the looks of it this microwave weapon can’t down drones in all directions at the same time. A big weakness and ti will get swarmed easily.

      1. Peter Jennings says:

        The US have yet to test these new ‘developments’ against a determined opponent sending swarms of attack drones. The Russian admin already has that experience. Necessity is the mother of invention.

  5. Séamus Ó Néill says:

    Everyone knows if it’s stamped “Made in America” it’s pure trash, rubbish…..they’re quite good at rigging elections though !

  6. Lone Ranger says:

    Its not for testing.
    They are afraid China will overrun their bases in Africa if Trump stays President.
    This tech is already operational and deployed.
    They could test it in the Nevada desert too…
    Read between the lines…

    1. Proud Hindu says:

      Chna is suffering from population decline and food shortage.It is China that fears the usa not the other way around.

      1. JIMI JAMES says:

        iq your shoesize,stick to your $6.79 p/m apple job and do as your told,sukrr!

      2. Lone Ranger says:

        Cool disney story.
        Meanwhile Chinese has 1.35billion people and the U.S. has a 100million people on food aid…
        Better luck next time Shlomo.

      3. HB_Norica says:

        Oh no …. population decline in China!! So what … they’re down from a million from 1.393 billion to 1.392 billion? How will the Chinese race survive with a breeding stock of only 1.392 billion? Oh the humanity!!!

      4. Lcr34 says:

        Last i heard your farmer is massing a strike.

      5. cechas vodobenikov says:

        lying LGBT untouchable
        China zero extreme poverty…1.5 % poverty
        India worse than USA

      6. Peter Jennings says:

        That population decline could be reversed in just nine months. Not much of a crisis.

        Perhaps your time online would be better spent by doing all you can to support your local farmers in India who are about to lose their land due to big business and corruption.

  7. Proud Hindu says:

    Time to fry some russian junk lol.

    1. Lone Ranger says:

      Lay down the crack Shlomo ?

    2. JIMI JAMES says:

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3d00f85e1097e3b2fc97b47e83fb243220ae754324f6963e933a0899b50effab.jpg

      gimp slave has no truth,go back to your $6.79 p’m job slave,you don’t qualify anythiung higher!

    3. cechas vodobenikov says:

      pink hindoo insecure untouchable except by boyfriend

      1. Peter Jennings says:

        Is the troll Indian? it could be any nationality.

          1. Kelly Smith says:

            I advice!

          2. Liqhtless says:

            Ok. Thank you

          3. Luna Lunera says:

            Yes! good site

  8. HB_Norica says:

    I don’t know how effective this will be against drones but within a hundred mile radius not a single kernel of popcorn will be left unpopped.

  9. profwatson says:

    “Russia Says Its New Microwave Cannon Can Kill Drones and Warheads with Ease
    The Kremlin claims it can fry the skies from a distance of six miles

    BY ERIC LIMER
    JUN 16, 2015”
    This was five years ago. 6 miles is many times the distance of the American drone killer.

    1. Ronald says:

      “Engagement of UAS at ranges less than 2 km”, not even 1 mile.

  10. Black Waters says:

    They should test how to run a country for once in a while.

    1. Assad must stay says:

      too boring, they need to satisfy their bloodlust somehow LOL

  11. Assad must stay says:

    probably shit like f-35

  12. Bruno Gama says:

    United States…always producing weapons not allowed by Physics! I am still waiting for the “Death Star”, now that US has a “Space Force”, based in Qatar! hahahaha

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