Raytheon Co. Corporation Missile Systems has entered into a contract with the US Department of Defense for the supply of a prototype electromagnetic gun Phaser. Reportedly testing a new electromagnetic weapons will be held outside the continental United States, and, according to preliminary estimates, will take at least 12 months. The deadline for completing the tests is 20 December next year. Based on the test results, the US Army will decide on the future prospects of this development and its adoption.
Raytheon began developing the Phaser electromagnetic gun in the 2013 year and was shown to the public in the 2016 microwave gun. After that, information about the company's new development disappears from open sources for almost three years to appear in the form of an order for a prototype for testing.
The electromagnetic complex itself is a stationary radar and an electromagnetic emitter that can be installed on land and offshore platforms. The complex is designed to destroy small drones of the 1 and 2 categories. The 1 category includes drones weighing up to 9 kg, capable of flying at altitudes up to 365 m and speeds up to 180 km / h, and the second includes drones weighing from 9 to 25 kg, capable of flying at altitudes up to 1000 m.
Russia is also working on the use of electromagnetic radiation for military purposes. If we talk about unclassified developments, then this is the non-lethal electronic gun Zala Aero REX-01, designed to combat drones, the machine for remote clearance (MDM) 15М107 "Foliage" and much more. According to military experts, Russia is ahead of the United States on this topic, but does not extend about its new developments, since most of the information on them is not intended for open media.