With drones becoming more prevalent on the battlefield, the relevance of anti-drone munitions has become more apparent—and a must.

Japan recently concluded the biennial Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2023 exhibition in Chiba Prefecture, Tokyo.

Onlookers at the expo caught sight of the two high-energy laser weapon prototypes showcased by two Japanese defense firms. According to reports, these laser systems are specifically designed to take down sophisticated hostile unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), which have become more prominent in recent years.

Taking notes from the lessons in the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine and Tokyo’s very own budding tension with China has urged Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Kawasaki Heavy Industries to develop an anti-drone system capable of defending the island country and its disputed islands against potential swarm attacks by enemy UAVs.