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Tactical high-energy laser (THEL) as a weapon system in future theater air and missile defense (TAMD)
Author(s): Michael R. Dahlberg; Michael E. Cochrane
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Paper Abstract

There is currently no existing or programmed system with a capability to negate unguided rockets and mortar / artillery projectiles after they are launched. There is limited capability to negate UAVs that need to be countered at a sufficient range to preclude detection, identification, and targeting of friendly forces. With the threat moving toward the proliferation of low cost unmanned threat platforms and munitions, there is a need to develop and field cost effective solutions for this ADA mission. The THEL system concept is an application of High Energy Lasers that is a potential weapon system of the future to provide this required force protection.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 June 1999
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 3612, Gas and Chemical Lasers and Intense Beam Applications II, (7 June 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.350645
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Michael R. Dahlberg, CAS Inc. (United States)
Michael E. Cochrane, U.S. Army Air and Missile Defense Battle Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3612:
Gas and Chemical Lasers and Intense Beam Applications II
Ernest A. Dorko, Editor(s)

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