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Helicopter Mounted High Energy Laser Shoots Target in Groundbreaking Test

Artists depiction of Raytheon high-energy laser on SOCOM AH-64 Apache helicopter.

Artists depiction of Raytheon high-energy laser on SOCOM AH-64 Apache helicopter.

August 28, 2017 | Source: Raytheon, raytheon.com, 22 June 2017

A high energy laser mounted on an Apache AH-64 attack helicopter acquired and hit an unmanned target. The test was conducted by Raytheon and the U.S. Army Apache Program Management Office in collaboration with U.S. Special Operations Command at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.

It was the first time a fully integrated laser system successfully shot a target from a rotary-wing aircraft over a wide variety of flight regimes, altitudes and air speeds, proving the feasibility of laser attack from Apache.