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Nov 8 - Stryker armored vehicle-mounted 50-kilowatt laser...on the way within 3 years
 

 
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The U.S. Army is gearing up for a "lase-off" that will feature a firing of its Stryker armored vehicle-mounted 50-kilowatt laser, a new weapon designed to incinerate everything from drones, helicopters and aircraft to enemy missiles.

Details regarding the competition are limited, but the service said that the technology will “complete a competitive performance checkout leading into a range demonstration against various threats.”

The Stryker-fired laser has been in development under the Army's growing Initial Maneuver Short Range Air Defense (IM-SHORAD) program, which was created with the goal of re-equipping mobile armored vehicles with air-and-missile defense systems, according to Fox News.

"The time is now to get directed energy weapons to the battlefield," Lt. Gen. L. Neil Thurgood, Director of Hypersonics, Directed Energy, Space and Rapid Acquisition, said in an Army report.

"The Army recognizes the need for directed energy lasers as part of the Army's modernization plan. This is no longer a research effort or a demonstration effort. It is a strategic combat capability, and we are on the right path to get it in soldiers' hands.”




If all goes to plan, a platoon of four Stryker vehicles will be armed with operational 50 kilowatt-class lasers by 2022. Major U.S. defense companies Northrop Grumman and Raytheon are being subcontracted as part of an Other Transaction Authority (OTA) agreement between the Army and Kord Technologies, another defense and aerospace company. OTAs are accelerated weapons acquisition programs created to meet urgent needs.

“It is all about the ability to put photons on target. It is a system that can be deployed rapidly from a stowed position. It can engage an enemy at the speed of light. It has to be able to shoot from a moving platform and engage a moving target through an air column that can be full of rain, dust or turbulence...and hold that energy on target long enough to get the desired effect,” Mark Skinner, Vice President of Directed Energy, Northrop Grumman, told Warrior per Fox.

“We are on track to deliver a laser next year and support the Army’s effort to build a platoon of laser-combat-capable Strykers,” Skinner added.

Lasers potentially offer another way for the Army to defend against airborne enemies with more accuracy and stealth and less collateral damage. Fox News has further details on the advantages:
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 2 weeks ago '10        #2
Bandito 
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There were testing lazers during the invasion of Panama in 1989-90. Lots of firsthand reports of US soldiers using weapons that melted the skin off of people.
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 2 weeks ago '04        #3
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Aka they already got it
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Late as fu*k!

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The regime the regime! The mothafu*kin regime!


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 2 weeks ago '18        #7
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I thought they been had this lol

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OP i dont think you realize the advanced sh*t us military has in their arsenal



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