Dynetics, Rolls-Royce and Lockheed have been awarded a $130 million contract to build and test the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command’s (USASMDC/ARSTRAT) High Energy Laser Tactical Vehicle Demonstrator (HEL TVD) program, a 100-kilowatt class laser weapon system.
Rolls-Royce LibertyWorks will design the integrated power and thermal management system to successfully meet or exceed the requirements of the HEL TVD program. The system will provide the high level of electrical power and thermal management required in a compact, power dense package with the responsiveness required for directed energy applications.
The US Army wants 100-kilowatt laser on larger armored trucks. The Armu wants tests in 2022 of integrated lasers on High Energy Laser Tactical Vehicle Demonstrator.
There are also plans for smaller Stryker armored vehicles with 50-kilowatt lasers that could see deployment starting as early as 2024.
SOURCES – Dynetics
Written By Brian Wang, Nextbigfuture.com