Raytheon will deploy two prototypes of a 10 kW-class High Energy Laser Weapon System (HELWS) for a yearlong field demonstration at overseas U.S. Air Force bases, the Defense Department has announced. A $23.8 million contract awarded on Aug. 2 by the Air Force Research Laboratory launches the service’s experiment with a laser intended to shoot down swarms of small unmanned air systems (UAS), along with salvos of mortars and rockets. The field demonstration follows a series of ...

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