Tags: Army | Laser | Zaps | Artillery | Shell | Test

Army Laser Zaps Artillery Shell in Test

Tuesday, 05 November 2002 12:00 AM

The test could yield an important new capability for the Army, which has no means of defending soldiers from incoming enemy artillery. The defense against artillery is at present limited to destroying the weapons before or after they fire.

In a test at White Sands Missile Range, the Army's Mobile Tactical High-Energy Laser tracked and fired a burst of photons at an artillery projectile. Seconds later the projectile was destroyed.

The MTHEL has previously destroyed 25 Katyusha rockets, which are 10 feet long and give off a heat signature and are therefore easier targets.

The laser is a joint development project between the United States and Israel and is being developed by TRW Inc. It began in 1996 to help Israel defend its northern territory against short-range rocket attacks. The deuterium fluoride chemical laser is expected to cost only a few thousand dollars a kill or less and will have a "deep magazine" to counter multiple rockets or saturation attacks, TRW said.

Copyright 2002 by United Press International.

All rights reserved.

© 2019 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

   
1Like our page
2Share
Pre-2008
The test could yield an important new capability for the Army, which has no means of defending soldiers from incoming enemy artillery. The defense against artillery is at present limited to destroying the weapons before or after they fire. In a test at White Sands Missile...
Army,Laser,Zaps,Artillery,Shell,Test
171
2002-00-05
Tuesday, 05 November 2002 12:00 AM
Newsmax Media, Inc.
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved