The Army’s 8-Wheeled Laser Truck Can Burn Mortars, Drones Right Out Of The Sky

I don’t know what else can be added to define the excerpt below. I could say I thought destructive high energy weapons systems were so large they basically needed to be run from a ship. I could say I thought such systems were limited to use against relatively large, soft targets. But … I’d have been wrong.

 

The Army’s 8-Wheeled Laser Truck Can Burn Mortars, Drones Right Out Of The Sky By Amanda Macias, Business Insider, December 12, 2013

For the first time, the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defence Command used a vehicle mounted high-energy laser to successfully engage more than 90 enemy mortar rounds and flying unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator (HEL MD) contracted by Boeing, was tested at White Sands Missile Range and confirms the capability of a mobile laser weapon system to counter rockets, artillery, mortars, UAVs, and reconnaissance sensors mounted on UAVs.

The beam control system (BCS) is a dome-shaped turret that extends above the roof of a 500-horsepower Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT). The beam director rotates 360-degrees and uses mirrors to point and focus the beam on a target.

“These tests were the first in which HEL MD repeatedly destroyed consecutive rounds of mortars and aerial threats with speed-of-light precision and a high degree of accuracy,” Mike Rinn, vice president, Boeing Directed Energy Systems. The recent testing utilized a 10 kW class laser which will be upgraded to an 100 kW class laser in subsequent demonstrations.

Full story  http://www.businessinsider.com/army-tests-first-vehicle-mounted-laser-system-2013-12

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