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Japan to develop drone-hunting lasers

Vehicle-mounted devices will offer mobility in fight against terrorism

NASA drones seen during a test: By 2020, there could be as many as 400,000 commercial small drones registered in the U.S., along with some two million for recreational use, the agency says. (Photo courtesy of NASA)

TOKYO -- Japan's Ministry of Defense will develop vehicle-mounted laser devices to shoot down small drones, Nikkei has learned.

Heat from the high-powered lasers will disable and drop the unmanned aerial devices, according to sources.

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