Saudi Arabia is alleged to have deployed Chinese language-made Silent Hunter laser air protection techniques. The Silent Hunter is an anti-drone laser weapon developed in China by Poly Applied sciences. The anti-drone laser weapon had been procured to guard Riyadh towards reconnaissance drones and loitering munitions fired by Iran-backed Houthi militia. Houthis reportedly have Iran-made Shahed-136 kamikaze drones, the identical UAVs Russia has been utilizing within the ongoing battle towards Ukraine. The Silent Hunter is an improved model of the 30-kilowatt Low-Altitude Laser Defending System (LASS) and is accessible in each fastened and cellular variations.

Silent Hunter Laser Air Protection Methods.

The Silent Hunter was delivered to Saudi Arabia in March 2022. Though not formally confirmed, a satellite tv for pc picture circulating on social media confirmed a fight automobile that’s the similar as on the mannequin of that model of the Silent Hunter which was offered for Saudi Arabia at an exhibition. A Chinese language 3D TWA radar additionally operates close to the laser system. this radar has a superb capability to detect low-altitude, small and sluggish targets regardless of robust noise waves near the bottom. Detecting drones is troublesome due to their small dimension and in addition as a result of they typically fly low. Noise waves from the bottom typically disrupt radar alerts.


 S-band 3D TWA low-altitude surveillance radar
S-band 3D TWA low-altitude surveillance radar.

The Silent Hunter makes use of an electrically powered fiber optic laser and in response to one Poly official, has a most energy that’s between 30 and 100 kilowatts and a most vary of 4 kilometers. Though it’s primarily designed to look, observe, and destroy low-flying drones, it’s highly effective sufficient to “ablate” or penetrate 5 2 millimeter metal plates at a variety of 800 meters or a single 5 millimeter metal plate at 1000 meters. The sheer bulk of the Silent Hunter prevents its use on an aerial platform. A Poly official claimed that the Silent Hunter was used to secure guard the September 2016 G-20 Summit in Hangzhou, China.

Silent Hunter laser intercepted 13 suicide drones.
Silent Hunter intercepted 13 suicide drones.

In comparison with conventional air protection weapons, it has the next characters:
Response rapidly and accessible for hitting wherever you level.
The flexibility of attacking multi-target and excessive interception hit price, and in addition capable of full goal switching and aiming in 6 seconds.
Low value, consuming electrical power solely. One shot of launching energy prices lower than one greenback and in the meantime it doesn’t use ammunition which eliminate the difficulty of ammunition transportation.
Little collateral harm, not a number of particles.