Skyguard uses lasers to create a protective bubble that defends against rockets, missiles and mortar attacks
The Skyguard system
The Skyguard units are ground-based and modular, so several can protect a larger area
Artists impression of Skguard shooting down an incoming missile
The THEL Testbed
SkyGuard shoots down an incoming threat
July 14, 2006 Northrop Grumman unveiled its Skyguard laser-based air defense system yesterday offering near-term defense against short-range ballistic missiles, short- and long-range rockets, artillery shells, mortars, unmanned aerial vehicles and cruise missiles. Derived from the Tactical High Energy Laser (THEL), one Skyguard system is capable of establishing a protective shield roughly 10 kilometres in diameter over an airport, military installation, small city or deployed forces.
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