The HEL MD that took out mortars and UAVs in flight using its vehicle-mounted 10-kW laser (Photo: Boeing)
The HEL MD underwent testing at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico (Photo: US Army)
High energy laser weapons are a hot area of research with companies including Lockheed Martin, Rheinmetall and Northrop Grumman all developing systems. Boeing is also in the mix with its High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator (HEL MD), which is being put through its paces by the US Army. Between November 18 and December 10, the HEL MD successfully took out mortar rounds and UAVs in flight, marking a first for the vehicle-mounted system.
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