Boeing starts the second phase tests of its HEL MD mobile self-propelled laser gun 2110123
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|Sunday, October 21, 2012, 05:47 PM|
|Boeing starts the second phase tests of its HEL MD mobile self-propelled laser gun.|
Boeing Corporation has started the second phase of tests of the prototype of HEL MD mobile laser gun. During the tests, specialists will shoot the 10-kW solid-state laser. The power of the laser can be increased. All tests of the HEL MD laser gun are to be finished within three years. Afterwards, the military will launch the experimental use of the laser gun, CNews reports.
The Boeing mobile self-propelled laser gun HEL MD is mounted on the chassis of heavy HEMMT truck.
For the time being, the laser gun is quite large and has the power of 10 kW (with the required military minimum of 100 kW). However, this power is enough to destroy rockets and artillery shells. There is an opportunity to increase the power to avoid problems with the integration with 100-kilowatt or more powerful guns.