At the Association of the United States Army conference, Northrop Grumman announced that they’re looking to integrate a 10-kilowatt solid-state fiber laser onto their newest tactical dune buggy.
The Hellhound is a rear-engine vehicle with seating for six, weighs in at 13,000 pounds, loaded. It can be transported by a CH-47 Chinook helicopter.
The most important item on board is the integrated starter generator system from German manufacturer Jenoptik. It’s a mini power plant that runs as long as the engine is running and puts out 100 kilowatts of usable power, a first for a small truck
It could thus power a 40 kilowatt laser. A 30kw fiber laser is possible within a matter of months.
SOURCE – Defense One
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