Coverage of Disruptive Science and Technology
October 05, 2016
US Army mounting combat lasers ranging from 2 kiloWatts to 60 kiloWatts on different sized trucks
The US Army has already experimented with a 10-kilowatt laser on a heavy truck, Boeing’s High Energy Laser – Mobile Demonstrator (HEL-MD), which could shoot down mortar rounds in flight.
Lockheed is scaling up the truck-mounted laser to 60 kiloWatts, Boeing has scaled its laser down to 2 kW: still powerful enough to shoot down small drones, compact enough to fit in the Army’s eight-wheel-drive Stryker armored vehicle. (This Stryker also mounts radio jammers to scramble drones’ control links). Boeing is upgrading the Stryker mounted laser to 5 kilowatts for testing early in 2017.
8 wheel Stryker with 5 kilowatt laser
Lockheed is upgrading the 10 kiloWatts laser on this large truck to 60 kiloWatts
Liveuamap has pictures of the Stryker with 5 kilowatt laser, which will test in January 2017
SOURCES- Breaking Defense, Liveuamap, Youtube
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