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Tactical high-energy laser
Author(s): Josef Shwartz; Gerald T. Wilson; Joel M. Avidor
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Paper Abstract

The Nautilus Project was started in 1995 as a joint US-Israel feasibility study for using laser systems to defend against short-range artillery rockets. It has now matured into a successful laser weapon demonstration program - the Tactical High Energy Laser (THEL) Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration (ACTD) Program. By now the THEL Demonstrator has engaged and destroyed a large number of artillery rockets in mid-flight in an extended series of demonstration tests at the US Army's White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The THEL ACTD hardware and development process are described in this paper, as well as the major test results. The paper also describes the operational concept for a deployed THEL weapon system and some possible growth paths for the THEL ACTD Program.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 June 2002
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4632, Laser and Beam Control Technologies, (4 June 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.469758
Show Author Affiliations
Josef Shwartz, TRW, Inc. (United States)
Gerald T. Wilson, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command (United States)
Joel M. Avidor, Israel Ministry of Defense (Israel)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4632:
Laser and Beam Control Technologies
Santanu Basu; James F. Riker, Editor(s)

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