The Army is working on a laser prototype that can take down drones in mid-air. The service plans to field four laser-equipped combat vehicles in fiscal year 2022.
- Maj. Gen. John Ferrari (U.S. Army ret.), senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and former director of program analysis and evaluation for the Army, said this is a significant step for the Army as it has been limited in its ability to use lasers in the past.
- Ferrari said the Army could arm drones in the future that could fly anywhere in the world with laser weapons, and he said the technology will eventually proliferate into the hands of adversaries.
- Ferrari said the Navy and Air Force have been experimenting with lasers for years and have the advantage of greater power on their platforms.