Army Moving Closer to Arming Systems With High-Energy Lasers

100 Kilowatt class laser weapon system being designed to knock out rockets, artillery, mortar fire, or small drones. (source: US Army, Monica K. Guthrie)

100 Kilowatt class laser weapon system being designed to knock out rockets, artillery, mortar fire, or small drones. (source: US Army, Monica K. Guthrie)

July 16, 2018 | Source: Military.com, military.com, 3 Jul 2018, Matthew Cox

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."


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