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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