SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.
According to ” The Financial Express” DRDO that is working on the development of Directionally Unrestricted Ray-Gun Array (DURGA) II might begin the laboratory testing phase of the 100+ kilowatt weapon that will be most effective against short-range threats such as rockets, mortars, drones, and anti-tank missiles.
A laser air defence system is not meant to replace existing short-range air defence systems but to supplement and complement them, shooting down smaller projectiles and leaving larger ones for the more robust missile-based batteries.
DRDO already has demonstrated a 25-kilowatt laser air defence system so far and DURGA II being a 100+ kilowatt weapon will take 2-3 years to fully materialize and bring it to near production specification.
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