Drone weapons: Microwave device can be used to shoot down other drones

A compact weapon that generates a beam of microwaves can knock out electronic devices without causing harm to people


14 February 2022

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Artist’s impression of drones carrying the Leonidas Pod


A microwave weapon that can be carried by a drone is powerful enough to shoot down other drones and can also knock out other electronic devices.

The Leonidas Pod, produced by start-up Epirus based in Los Angeles, generates a beam of microwaves to overload a target’s electronics, causing drones to drop out of the sky, but doesn’t affect people.

Other counter-drone microwave weapons are based on magnetrons, the technology found in microwave ovens, and are the size of a shipping container. Instead, Epirus …