The MaxPower microwave defense system exited Kirtland Air Base through the Carlisle Gate en route to Socorro on Tuesday.  Photo: Senior Amn. Chandler Baker, courtesy of AFRL krobinson-avila@abqjournal.com Thu May 18 17:23:28 -0600 2017 1495149808 FILENAME: 583789.jpg

AFRL’s MaxPower system heads south

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Air Force Research Laboratory at Kirtland Air Force Base has turned its massive MaxPower microwave defense system over to the Army for new rounds of research and development that could eventually lead to battlefield deployment of the vehicle-mounted weapon. The system, which the AFRL built to destroy improvised explosive devices, will now be housed […]

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Heinrich Highlights Nexus Between Small Businesses And NM Labs, Urges Hiring At Kirtland And WSMR

WASHINGTON, D.C. ― U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), the Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, highlighted the nexus between small businesses and Labs in New Mexico during a hearing yesterday. He questioned former directors of Department of Defense (DOD) laboratories—such as the Air Force Research Laboratory at Kirtland Air […]

1st Lt. Nicholas Quartermont,, stands in a anechoic (anti-echo) chamber for microwave technology testing   at the Air Force Research Laboratory    .Photographed  on Wednesday February 15, 2017. .Adolphe Pierre-Louis/JOURNAL

Moving microwave weapons from lab to battlefield

By Kevin Robinson-Avila / Journal Staff Writer Monday, May 1st, 2017 at 12:05am ………. ………. ………. ………. ………. ………. ………. ………. ………. ………. ………. ………. ………. ………. ………. ………. ………. ………. Massive ray guns that use microwaves to instantaneously down a swarm of incoming enemy drones are approaching prime-time reality, and could propel New Mexico […]