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Raytheon US Air Force Hypersonic Air-Breathing Attack Cruise Missile
The US Air Force already has the Self-Protect High Energy Laser Demonstrator (SHiELD) to shoot down missiles, and this week they selected Raytheon Missiles & Defense to develop a hypersonic air-breathing attack cruise missile (HACM). This scramjet powered munition utilizes high vehicle speed to forcibly compress incoming air before combustion, which allows sustained flight at hypersonic speeds – Mach 5 or greater.

US Navy Electric Laser Weapon Drone
The US Navy’s new electric laser weapon system, officially called the Layered Laser Defense (LLD), was successful in shooting down a drone, which represented a subsonic cruise missile in flight. This innovative laser weapon system was designed and built by Lockheed Martin to counter unmanned aerial systems and fast-attack boats, while also boasting the ability to use its high-resolution telescope to track in-bound air threats as well as supporting combat identification.