Apache Helicopter Fires High-Energy Laser Against a Ground Target at White Sands

A high-energy laser mounted on an Apache AH-64 attack helicopter acquired and hit an unmanned target during a recent firing test at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The test was conducted by Raytheon and the U.S. Army Apache Program Management Office, in collaboration with U.S. Special Operations Command.

US Army Contracts Dynetics to Build a Mobile, High Energy Laser Weapon

Dynetics, along with its partners, Lockheed Martin, Rolls Royce and MZA Associates have been awarded a $130 million contract to build and test a 100-kilowatt class laser weapon system under the High Energy Laser Tactical Vehicle Demonstrator (HEL TVD) program managed by the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command's (USASMDC/ARSTRAT). Team Dynetics has beaten five...

High-energy laser weapon burns through a running engine from a mile away

A 30-kilowatt electric fiber laser weapon system successfully disabled the engine of a pickup truck during a recent field test, demonstrating how such weapon grade lasers could be used to protect military forces and critical infrastructure.

Updated: C-MUSIC to Protect Israeli Airlines from Missile Attacks

Offers Part of the development of active protection systems for platforms, Elbit systems is offering effective protection for military and commercial aircraft and helicopters, employing an affordable, highly effective fiber-laser based Directional Infra-Red Counter Measures (DIRCM). While DIRCM systems for large aircraft have been available on the market for several years, Elbit Systems’ Multi-Spectral Infrared Countermeasure (MUSIC) system is...

MBDA Debuts High Power Laser Effector

MBDA Deutschand unveiled a new laser effector for land and naval applications at the ILA 2016 airshow in Berlin. In the naval sector, laser effector systems could feature in both on board ship and port protection. Photo: MBDA

Raytheon, Dynetics are is Building 100kW Tactical Lasers for the US Army

The Raytheon Company and Dynetics are both developing laser weapon prototypes that will utilize 100 kW class laser weapons. One of the prototypes will be tested by the Army in 2022. Each company received $10 million from the U.S. Army recently, to build a High Energy Laser Tactical Vehicle Demonstrator (HEL TVD) prototype based on the Army Oshkosh tactical FMTV truck.

Russia Plans to Deploy Anti-Satellite Airborne Laser Weapons

Russia is preparing to renew flight testing of a high-power flying laser designed to operate as an anti-satellite weapon, the Tass news agency reported. Based on the Ilyushin Il-76MD transport plane the airborne laser laboratory aircraft flew for its first test mission in August 19, 1981. Two aircraft were modified and equipped for the tests that ceased following the collapse of the Soviet Union.

MUSIC Demonstrates Laser DIRCM Capability

The MUSIC family of Directed Infrared Countermeasure (DIRCM) systems was demonstrated recently at the annual, multinational EMBOW exercise. Elbit Systems is currently under contract to supply more than 110 DIRCM systems to over ten customers, for installation on 20 different fixed and rotary-wing platform types.

An Israeli Radar to Guide an Asian Mobile Laser Weapon

RADA Electronic Industries announced today its RPS-42 radar system has been selected by a country in the Far East to be used in the development and evaluation of High-Energy Laser (HEL) weapon system. The announcement follows the the selection of these Israel's radar for similar programs in North America and Europe. The RPS-42 is a member of the Multi-Mission Hemispheric Radar...

RAFAEL Develops a New High Energy Laser Weapon

RAFAEL's Iron Beam operational scenario. Photo: RAFAEL
Israel plans to implement a fifth ‘active defense’ layer in its national multi-layered air and missile defense system, aimed to provide an affordable countermeasure against threats at ‘very short range. The new capability will be able to protect border communities and military installations, offering point defense against various aerial threats. These elements could consist of the new ‘Iron Beam’ system,...

Israeli DIRCM laser to protect German A400M transport planes

Diehl Defence signed an exclusive cooperation agreement with Elbit Systems, to equip the Bundeswehr´s Airbus A400M transport aircraft with the Israeli developed J-MUSIC self-protection system. Set to receive the first systems by 2015, the German Atlas would be the first A400M to fly with a DIRCM system

US Army Tests High Power Laser Weapon

The Army High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator (HEL MD) underwent multiple test events between Nov. 18 and Dec. 10, at White Sands Missile Range, engaging more than 90 mortar rounds and several unmanned aerial vehicles in flight. What 'engaged' means? Has HEL-MD actually destroyed all those targets? - subscribe to find an answer It was the first time the Army has tested...

Mobile / Tactical High Energy Laser (M-THEL) Technology Demonstration Program

The fixed-site version Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration (ACTD) Tactical High Energy Laser (THEL) THEL, was developed by TRW Inc. under a $89 million contract. During several tests in the USA, the system has shot down 25 Katyusha rockets, but has not been deployed. The system also known as Nautilus, has not progressed much since the end of the demonstration program,...

Successful EXCALIBUR Test Brings DARPA Closer to Compact High Energy Lasers

DARPA successfully tested an optical phased array (OPA) combining 21 laser beams, as part of the Excalibur program. With each of the 21 array elements driven by fiber laser amplifiers the low power array was able to precisely hit a target at a distance of 7 kilometers (4.3 miles). In three years the agency expects to scale up the design,...