Military Embedded Systems

Counter-swarm electromagnetic weapon developed by AFRL

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September 24, 2019

Emma Helfrich

Associate Editor

Military Embedded Systems

Counter-swarm electromagnetic weapon developed by AFRL
Photo courtesy of AFRL Directed Energy Directorate.

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Directed Energy Directorate at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., has developed a counter-swarm, high-power weapon called the Tactical High-power Operational Responder (THOR) to eliminate an enemy's unmanned systems.

 

THOR is a counter-swarm electromagnetic weapon that AFRL developed for airbase defense. The system provides non-kinetic defeat of multiple targets. It operates from ground power and uses energy to disable unmanned systems.

A demonstration system has been built and tested on military test ranges near Kirtland AFB where it has engaged multiple targets. Further testing against a larger set of unmanned systems in swarming configurations is being planned.

THOR stores completely in a 20-foot transport container, which can be transported in a C-130 aircraft. AFRL officials claim that the system can be set up within three hours and has a user interface designed to require very little user training.