Zap! Boeing builds truck-mounted laser weapon
Boeing's truck-mounted HEL TD laser is assembled and ready for testing. It's designed to shoot down short-range projectiles and UAVs.
Boeing recently built key parts of a truck-mounted laser weapon for the U.S. Army that will shoot down short-range projectiles and UAVs and it's set to test it later this year, according to a company release.
Important components of the Army's High Energy Laser Technology Demonstrator (Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck.) were installed on an eight-wheel
It's scheduled to be tested at low power at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico in the fourth quarter of 2011.
"The system includes mirrors, high-speed processors, and high-speed optical sensors," Boeing said. "HEL TD is a cornerstone of the Army's high-energy laser program and will support the transition of directed energy technologies to Army acquisition programs."
Atop the truck is a beam director turret that swivels 360 degrees and shoots a laser traveling at 186,000 miles per second.
Boeing previously demonstrated how its vehicle-mounted Laser Avenger can shoot down a UAV in a mountainous area.
The upcoming HEL TD tests will show how the system can "acquire, track and target moving projectiles."