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Optical Engineering

United States army tactical high-energy laser program
Author(s): John J. Wachs; Gerald T. Wilson
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Paper Abstract

The tactical high energy laser (THEL) program, conducted from 1996 to 2005, successfully demonstrated the capability of a high-energy laser to counter rockets, artillery, and mortars. The program was a US/Israeli cooperative research and development effort that was designated by the Secretary of Defense as an advanced concept technology demonstration with Presidential interest. The THEL system was designed and built under an SMDC/ARSTART prime contract awarded to TRW (now, Northrop Grumman Corporation), jointly managed by the Israel Ministry of Defence Directorate of Defence Research & Development. We summarize the effort and highlight some of the "firsts" of the THEL program.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 October 2012
PDF: 4 pages
Opt. Eng. 52(2) 021009 doi: 10.1117/1.OE.52.2.021009
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 52, Issue 2
Show Author Affiliations
John J. Wachs, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command (United States)
Gerald T. Wilson, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command (United States)


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