C4iSR: Air

AUSA 2019: Leonardo DRS prepares for aircraft-protection laser testing

17 October 2019

Leonardo DRS is preparing for Initial Operational Test and Evaluation for its quantum cascade laser, having reached the requisite high technology readiness level and demonstrated the system's ability to protect helicopters from missile attacks, Eric Takeuchi, vice president of business development for DRS Daylight Solutions, said during the annual Association of the United States Army conference in Washington, DC.

"We're ready for production for the army and the navy," Takeuchi told Jane's at the event on 16 October.

The system owes its lineage to data-storage technology used for compact discs that was then developed for other commercial applications and eventually ruggedised for military applications, including the protection of helicopters from heat-seeking-missile attack.

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