Infantry Weapons

Army demonstrates first defensive laser mounted on Stryker combat vehicle

21 March 2017

US Army Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC) has demonstrated a 5 kW laser mounted on a Stryker infantry carrier vehicle to shoot down small unmanned aerial systems (UASs), according to the army.

The army used a Mobile Expeditionary High Energy Laser 2.0 (MEHEL 2.0) to engage small fixed-wing and quadcopter UASs during a Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Organization (JIDO) UAS Hard-Kill Challenge at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, which ran from 27 February to 3 March. The army announced the trials in a 17 March report.

The JIDO's event was meant to assess the current state of technology, in this case by shooting down so-called Group 1 UASs (up to 9 kg maximum gross take-off weight).

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