A $66.1 million contract from the U.S. Army’s Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office (RCCTO) to develop a new microwave weapon has been awarded to the tech company Epirus.

Designed to support RCCTO’s Indirect Fire Protection Capability-High-Power Microwave Program, the Leonidas microwave weapon can reportedly down enemy drones while leaving friendly aircraft unharmed, according to the company.

Source: EpirusSource: Epirus

To demonstrate their effectiveness against autonomous drone swarms, the team tested the Leonidas technology, showcasing its lethality against a host of unmanned aerial services and assorted electronic systems. Further, the weapon defeated drone swarms and outperformed a handful of similar weapons systems.

For more information on the Leonidas, watch the accompanying video that appears courtesy of Epirus.

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