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High Energy Laser Weapon Systems (HELWS)
« on: August 06, 2019, 08:16:54 PM »
https://www.janes.com/article/90291/us-air-force-awards-raytheon-contract-for-laser-weapon-system-prototypes

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US Air Force awards Raytheon contract for laser weapon system prototypes
05 August 2019

The US Air Force (USAF) on 2 August awarded Raytheon a USD24 million contract for two prototype High Energy Laser Weapon Systems (HELWS).

These HELWS prototypes will be ground-based systems, according to Raytheon. Company spokesperson BJ Boling said on 5 August that Raytheon integrated its high-energy laser on a Polaris MRZR, a type of all-terrain vehicle. The system is stand-alone, he said, with a footprint of approximately 9 sq m.

This award provides for field assessment outside the continental United States for experimentation purposes. It includes, but is not limited to, 12 months of in-field operation by USAF personnel against unmanned aircraft system (UAS) threats.


Artistís illustration of the HELWS that Raytheon is developing under contract with the USAF. Source: Raytheon


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Re: High Energy Laser Weapon Systems (HELWS)
« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2019, 12:20:09 AM »
https://www.shephardmedia.com/news/digital-battlespace/raytheon-build-high-energy-laser-prototypes/

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Raytheon to build high-energy laser prototypes
7th August 2019 - 12:30 GMT

Raytheon is to build two prototype high-energy laser weapon system (HELWS) systems to be deployed to troops overseas under a US Air Force contract announced on 5 August.

The HELWS will be designed to destroy hostile UAS. The system uses pure energy to detect, identify and instantly take down UAS, and can target a single drone with precision. Paired with Raytheon's Multi-spectral Targeting System, it uses invisible beams of light to defeat the hostile UAS, and is mounted on a Polaris MRZR all-terrain vehicle.