USA managed to successfully test a laser cannon that can destroy heavy mortars and unmanned aircraft. The laser cannon mounted on a truck and is known as High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator (HEL MD). The device is equipped with a 10-kilowatt laser and a radar system mounted on a heavy truck.
The U.S. Army successfully tested a futuristic laser weapon capable of destroying mortar shells the size of a soccer ball and shoot down drones (drones).
The armament mounted on a truck, known as the High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator (HEL MD) is a decade of integrating the U.S. military arsenal, but it offers clues about where arms production is heading, said today the television network ABC News.
Since mid-November and for nearly six weeks, the military commander tested the MD HEL in the state of New Mexico, said. The device is equipped with a 10-kilowatt laser and a radar system mounted on a heavy truck.
According to the information, during the beam tests successfully destroyed more than 90 mortar shells and six to seven drones. Terry Bauer, project manager for the program with laser technology, said the results were beyond what I expected, with a beam of only 10 kilowatts.
There are plans to reduce the size of MD HEL system, while raising its power up to 50 kW and 100, he said.
The decrease in the dimensions allow mounting the system in vehicles greater mobility for use on the battlefield, while the increase in power favor hit faster moving targets over long distances and to a lesser period of time, stressed the font. So far, the test program with the laser has cost about $ 13 million a year, since its inception in 2011.