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Laser neutralization of buried munitions
Author(s): James D. Habersat; Bradley W. Schilling; Joe Alexander; Russell McElhaney; Thomas Lehecka; Matthew D. Nixon
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Paper Abstract

This report describes the results of the first phase of a planned two-phase program to develop laser technology for rapid neutralization of buried munitions from a safe standoff distance. The primary objective of this first phase is to demonstrate, via laboratory experiments, the capabilities of a breadboard laser system to "drill" through a minimum depth of 15 cm of earthen materials to defeat a buried mine at a standoff distance greater than 20 m. In the initial phase covered by this report, results of short range laboratory testing by 3 contractors are reported. The planned second phase of this program will consist of procuring a more capable 10 kW SM laser and performing field-testing at longer standoff ranges.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 May 2011
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 8017, Detection and Sensing of Mines, Explosive Objects, and Obscured Targets XVI, 80170J (31 May 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.887900
Show Author Affiliations
James D. Habersat, U.S. Army Night Vision & Electronic Sensors Directorate (United States)
Bradley W. Schilling, U.S. Army Night Vision & Electronic Sensors Directorate (United States)
Joe Alexander, U.S. Army Night Vision & Electronic Sensors Directorate (United States)
Russell McElhaney, Cobham Analytic Solutions (United States)
Thomas Lehecka, The Pennsylvania State Univ.-Electro-Optics Ctr. (United States)
Matthew D. Nixon, Boeing-SVS, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8017:
Detection and Sensing of Mines, Explosive Objects, and Obscured Targets XVI
Russell S. Harmon; John H. Holloway; J. Thomas Broach, Editor(s)

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