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High-Energy Laser Weapon Systems

  • Magazine Article
  • 20AERP06_02
Published June 01, 2020 by SAE International in United States
  • English

Longtime skeptics of high-energy lasers often say, ‘the technology is five years out… and will always be’. The DoD and defense industry have invested in laser weapons development for 40 years, in anticipation of a transition to troops that has yet to happen.

Then, between 2017 and 2018, we demonstrated our high-energy laser weapon system, or HELWS, for the U.S. Air Force and the Army, shooting down multiple drones.