Raytheon married-up a 32 kilowatt solid state laser to the Navy's Phalanx close-in defense system and used it to shoot down four aerial drones off the West coast. Laser Phalanx detected, tracked and shot down all four target drones, Raytheon's Mike Booen tells DOD Buzz's Colin Clark. Check in often over at DOD Buzz for frequent Farnborough Air Show updates. Colin's initial take: a black rain cloud of declining U.S. and European defense budgets has settled over the show.
-- Greg Grant