Boeing has issued press release announcing successful US Army tests of the High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator (HEL MD) targeting a variety of aerial targets under windy, rainy and foggy weather conditions at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. In these tests, HEL MD used a 10-kilowatt, high energy laser installed on an Oshkosh tactical military vehicle. The next step will be to install a 50 or 60-kilowatt laser on HEL MD to demonstrate counter RAM and UAV capability.
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