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Kawasaki develops C-UAS laser system for Japanese military

16th March 2023 - 23:50 GMT | by Koji Miyake in Tokyo

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A high-energy laser has been added to this Kawasaki ATV to produce a mobile C-UAS system. (Photo: Koji Miyake)

Japan is developing an indigenous C-UAS system that uses a high-power laser.

Several companies exhibited counter-UAS (C-UAS) systems at DSEI Japan, but one attracting a lot of attention was a laser system from Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI).

KHI Aerospace developed it with its own funds, but at the request of the Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency (ATLA).

The laser system comprises a tracking imager, high-energy laser (HEL), gimbal and 2kW power source. It is fitted onto a Mule Pro-FX all-terrain vehicle from Kawasaki Motors for mobility. The Mule is already deployed by the Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade.

A larger-scale system is to be carried on a heavy-wheeled recovery vehicle chassis that is

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Koji Miyake is a Tokyo-based writer.

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