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Posted: 12/14/2013 10:05:40 PM EDT

US military's RAY-GUN truck BLASTS DRONES, mortars OUT OF THE SKY

Here's hoping there's a shark attachment

In month-long tests at the White Sands missile range in new Mexico,
the High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator (HELMD) blew up 90 mortar
rounds and several aerial drones using a 10kW-class laser mounted on an
armored vehicle.

"We had considerable success," Terry Bauer, Army program manager for HELMD told the Christian Science Monitor.

HELMD system uses radar (or as the military calls it "Enhanced Multi
Mode Radar") to track targets and focus the laser on them. Once locked,
the laser raises the temperature of mortar shells to the point where the
explosives they contain combust.

"It falls as a single piece of
metal with a little bit of shrapnel. It basically falls where it was
going to fall, but it doesn’t explode when it hits the ground," Bauer
said. "We turn it into a rock, basically.”

Boeing, which developed
the system for the US Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army
Forces Strategic Command, said the technology is now ready for an
upgrade so that it can carry a 50kW laser, with a more powerful 100kW
unit also in the pipeline.

Link Posted: 12/14/2013 10:07:31 PM EDT
this has been in development for a while I think. I wonder is the sharks will have truckatinny mounts?
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