Army Moving Closer to Arming Systems With High-Energy Lasers

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July 16, 2018 | Originally published by Date Line: July 16 on

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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