US Army Is Ready to Field Two Types of Laser Weapon Systems in 2022
According to information published by the USSAA News website on August 4, 2020, U.S. Army is ready to field two types of laser weapon systems in 2022 including a 50-kilowatt laser weapon that will be used to destroy drone and artillery rockets and a 300-kilowatt laser weapon which will be able to shoot down cruise missiles.
The future 50-kilowatt laser weapon will be fitted on Stryker armored vehicle and is named DE-MSHORAD (Directed Energy – Maneuver Short-Range Air Defense) in the U.S. Army. There are two companies that compete for the manufacturing of this new laser weapon including Northrop Grumman and Raytheon.
Both laser weapon systems will be build to be mounted on Stryker armored vehicles manufactured by the company General Dynamics. The DE-MSHORAD prototyping initiative is managed by the U.S. Army Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office (RCCTO), Redstone Arsenal, Alabama….MORE