Army to Field Laser-Equipped Stryker Prototypes in FY 2022

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September 9, 2021 | Originally published by U.S. Army on September 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Army recently conducted a successful evaluation of a new directed-energy capability, moving the Service one step closer to fielding a platoon of four laser-equipped Stryker combat vehicle prototypes next fiscal year, program leads said Wednesday.

“The Directed Energy Maneuver-Short Range Air Defense system, or DE M-SHORAD, is a 50-kW-class laser designed to protect divisions and brigade combat teams against unmanned aircraft systems, rotary and fixed-wing threats, rockets, artillery, and mortars,” said Marcia Holmes, the Deputy Director of Hypersonics, Directed Energy, Space, and Rapid Acquisition.

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