Shooting down UAV is easy. Iran shoot down American drone. American shoot down Iranian drone. Drones are slow moving aircraft with very low maneuverability. Anyone can shoot down a drone. That's not a worry at all.
The real question is why were Turks in Lybia.
Not questioning that they downed the drone but the claim that they used a laser to do it is highly dubious.
Well many are loving this idea and think of Turkish military industry as laser weapon experts now. Looking at the damage and it doesn't seem to be a hard kill laser. Such a weapon is barely ready in the military of China or USA, even Russia. All of them with demonstrably more abilities, experience, and funding in laser technologies and research. It would be foolish to say this is outside the capabilities of Turkey but let's get real as well. Will be interesting to take a close look at publicly disclosed Turkish laser weapons. How do they acquire and track targets? What ranges can they do what damage? Most other forums are filled with the usual chauvinists wanking each other off and making huge assumptions on their abilities. Apparently China's entire military power is worthy of doubt now that a drone manufactured there is alleged shot down by a laser weapon I guess the Americans should also pack it in as soon as Japan lost an F-35.Not questioning that they downed the drone but the claim that they used a laser to do it is highly dubious.
Mobile anti-drone lasers currently don't have the hard-kill range to bring down something like a Wing-long II from its operational height. A SAM is a far more likely culprit.
IF the laser claim is true, the shooting range would have been within 1.5km (according to your post 3469). I really don't think the FLIR is so bad that the UAV had to fly below 2000 meters while its service ceiling is at 5000 meters.Laser kill or not, the really troubling claim/consequence out of this is the performance of the FLIR on the drone not having enough range or resolution to allow for higher flight altitudes, forcing the operator to fly the drone low and get exposed to all sorts of unfriendly attention.