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U.S. Army High Energy Laser (HEL) technology program
Author(s): Michael J. Lavan; John J. Wachs
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Paper Abstract

The US Army is investing in Solid State Laser (SSL) technology to assess counter rocket, artillery, and mortar (C-RAM) and counter unmanned aerial vehicle (C-UAV) capabilities of solid state based HEL systems, as well as other potential applications for HELs of interest to the Army. The Army HEL program thrust areas are systematically moving the technology forward toward weaponization, including solid state laser technologies, advances in beam control technology, and conducting major demonstrations. The High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator (HELMD) will be a major step toward demonstrating HEL weapon capability to the soldier. The US Army will continue to pursue technologies that enable more compact systems compatible with, for example, a Stryker tactical vehicle as a crucial part of our strategy to provide a capability to the warfighter that can maneuver with the force.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 October 2011
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 8187, Technologies for Optical Countermeasures VIII, 818704 (5 October 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.903729
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Michael J. Lavan, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command (United States)
John J. Wachs, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8187:
Technologies for Optical Countermeasures VIII
David H. Titterton; Mark A. Richardson, Editor(s)

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