US Army will test 50 kw lasers on Strykers and 100 kw lasers in 2021

The US Army will test 50 kilowatt lasers on an Anti-aircraft Stryker starting in 2021 and then will field them in 2023.

Doubling a laser’s power level halves the time it takes to burn out a given target at a given range. A 50-kilowatt laser should destroy low-end drones in less than a second and be able to stop incoming drones of swarms before they get through.

The Army is developing a 100 kW laser mounted on a larger Oshkosh FMTV truck with about 5 to 10 tons of payload capacity.

The 100-kilowatt laser trucks would be the second line of defense after the Strykers with 50-kilowatt lasers.

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