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Japan successfully zaps drones with microwave beams

Defense agency tests system that could shoot down multiple aerial threats

The Japanese defense agency ATLA plans to hone its microwave system as a new type of anti-drone defense.

TOKYO -- It is one of the nightmares of the "drone age": waves of unmanned aircraft overwhelming defenses to unleash death and destruction. An agency under Japan's Defense Ministry is making progress toward countering the threat.

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