Raytheon married-up a 32 kilowatt solid state laser to the Navyâ€™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, Raytheonâ€™s Mike Booen tells DOD Buzzâ€™s Colin Clark. Check in often over at DOD Buzz for frequent Farnborough Air Show updates. Colinâ€™s initial take: a black rain cloud of declining U.S. and European defense budgets has settled over the show.
— Greg Grant