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Japan Eyes Vehicle-Mounted Laser to Ward Off Drone Attacks

Japan Eyes Vehicle-Mounted Laser to Ward Off Drone Attacks

   Tokyo, Jan. 11 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Defense Ministry will begin research on ways to ward off drone attacks by using vehicle-mounted laser, according to informed sources.
   By mounting laser equipment on vehicles, the ministry aims to raise the mobility of the system.
   The ministry included 2.8 billion yen in research spending in its budget for fiscal 2021. It aims to establish related technology as early as fiscal 2024 and put it into practical use at an early date.
   In fiscal 2018, the ministry started research on using high-energy laser to destroy drones. In fiscal 2021, it plans to start demonstration tests on laser equipment that is small enough to be mounted on vehicles and also has high output.
   Moreover, the ministry included 500 million yen in its fiscal 2021 budget to continue research on the use of microwave, a kind of electromagnetic waves, to knock out drones.

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