Boeing Laser Avenger
Boeing Upgrades Laser Avenger ...
An upgrade to Boeing’s Laser Avenger (read our original post here – Boeing’s Laser Avenger) allows the vehicle-mounted laser to shoot down moving enemy targets for the first time.
During rigorous tests at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, the Laser Avenger successfully tracked and destroyed three unmanned aerial vehicles with its high-powered directed energy beam.
Boeing Laser Avenger
In 2007, the Avenger, a 1kw solid state laser mounted on a Humvee, successfully destroyed several grounded mortar shells and two stationary UAVs in tests conducted at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama.
At the time, the Laser Avenger was unable to destroy moving targets, nevertheless the compact build of the Avenger marked a critical breakthrough laser weaponry.
After one year of further developments, the Laser Avenger now meets its original specification as an off-road anti-aircraft vehicle.
Lee Gutheinz, Boeing’s program director for High-Energy Laser/Electro-Optical Systems, said:
“We doubled the laser power; added sophisticated acquisition, tracking and pointing capability; and simplified the design…
“Boeing developed and integrated these upgrades in less than a year, underscoring our ability to rapidly respond to war-fighters’ needs.”
Existing weapons struggled lock onto and shoot down small, light UAV’s often made of plastic rather than metal. Such devices are becoming more common on the battlefield, for this reason the Laser Avenger is begin hailed as a a revolutionary weapon for future warfare.
Gary Fitzmire, vice president and program director of Boeing Directed Energy Systems, said:
“Small UAV’s armed with explosives or equipped with surveillance sensors are a growing threat on the battlefield…
“Laser Avenger, unlike a conventional weapon, can fire its laser beam without creating missile exhaust or gun flashes that would reveal its position…
“As a result, Laser Avenger can neutralize these UAV threats while keeping our troops safe.”
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