The U.S. Army is getting closer to mounting lasers on vehicles for protection against incoming enemy rocket, artillery and mortar fire.
The Army awarded Raytheon Company a contract worth up to $10 million to develop a "100 [Kilowatt] class laser weapon system preliminary design for integration onboard the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles," or FMTV, according to a July 2 press release from Raytheon.
"The beauty of this system is that it's self-contained," Roy Azevedo, vice president of Intelligence, Reconnaissance and Surveillance Systems at Raytheon's Space and Airborne Systems business unit, said in the release. "Multi-spectral targeting sensors, fiber-combined lasers, power and thermal sub-systems are incorporated in a single package. This system is being designed to knock out rockets, artillery or mortar fire, or small drones."
U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center, PM-Indirect Fire Protection Capability: Indirect Fire Protection Capability Increment 2 – Intercept Block 1
U.S. Army, PEO-MS, Cruise Missile Defense Systems: Indirect Fire Protection Capability Increment 2 – Intercept Block 1 (IFPC Inc 2-I)
U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center, PEO-CSCSS: Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV)