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High energy laser demonstrators for defense applications
Author(s): M. Jung; Th. Riesbeck; J. Schmitz; Th. Baumgärtel; K. Ludewigt; A. Graf
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Paper Abstract

Rheinmetall Waffe Munition has worked since 30 years in the area of High Energy Laser (HEL) for defence applications, starting from pulsed CO2 to pulsed glass rods lasers. In the last decade Rheinmetall Waffe Munition changed to diode pumped solid state laser (DPSSL) technology and has successfully developed, realised and tested a variety of versatile HEL weapon demonstrators for air- and ground defence scenarios like countering rocket, artillery, mortar, missile (RAMM), unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and unexploded ordnances clearing. By employing beam superimposing technology and a modular laser weapon concept, the total optical power has been successively increased. Stationary weapon platforms, military vehicles and naval platforms have been equipped with high energy laser effectors. The contribution gives a summary of the most recent development stages of Rheinmetalls HEL weapon program. In addition to the stationary 30 kW laser weapon demonstrator, we present vehicle based HEL demonstrators: the 5 kW class Mobile HEL Effector Track V, the 20 kW class Mobile HEL Effector Wheel XX and the 50 kW class Mobile HEL Effector Container L and the latest 10 kW HEL effector integrated in the naval weapon platform MLG 27. We describe the capabilities of these demonstrators against different potential targets. Furthermore, we will show the capability of the 30 kW stationary Laser Weapon Demonstrator integrated into an existing ground based air defence system to defeat saturated attacks of RAMM and UAS targets.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 January 2017
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 10254, XXI International Symposium on High Power Laser Systems and Applications 2016, 1025416 (13 January 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2254021
Show Author Affiliations
M. Jung, Rheinmetall Waffe Munition GmbH (Germany)
Th. Riesbeck, Rheinmetall Waffe Munition GmbH (Germany)
J. Schmitz, Rheinmetall Waffe Munition GmbH (Germany)
Th. Baumgärtel, Rheinmetall Waffe Munition GmbH (Germany)
K. Ludewigt, Rheinmetall Waffe Munition GmbH (Germany)
A. Graf, Rheinmetall Waffe Munition GmbH (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10254:
XXI International Symposium on High Power Laser Systems and Applications 2016
Dieter Schuoecker; Richard Majer; Julia Brunnbauer, Editor(s)

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