Lockheed Martin is to deliver a 60-kw ruggedized laser that will enable the U.S. Army and Boeing to demonstrate the lethal potential of the truck-mounted High-Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator (HEL MD) in 2017, on the path to a 100-kw version planned to be tested by 2022. The HEL MD shot down both 60mm mortar rounds and tactical unmanned aircraft using a 10-kw off-the-shelf industrial laser in six weeks of testing at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., that ended on Dec. 12. This followed ...


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