The U.S. Army is developing high-energy lasers for its Stryker wheeled armored vehicles and plans to create a working prototype by 2022.
The Ministry of Defense signed contracts for the creation of directed energy weapons with three contracting companies for a total of $ 203 million. As part of the project, the military wants to get 50 kW lasers and by 2022 have them installed on four armored personnel carriers.
THE U.S. ARMY IS PUTTING LASER WEAPONS ON ARMORED VEHICLES || 2021
Their main task will be to protect maneuvering brigades from drones, helicopters, missiles, artillery and mortars..
According to Lieutenant General Neil Thurgood, head of the Army’s research unit, it is time to move beyond demonstrations and hand directed energy weapons into the hands of soldiers on the battlefield to unleash their combat potential..
However, according to last year’s congressional report on this topic, laser armaments still face significant challenges, including generating sufficient power, cooling, limited range, and reduced efficiency in bad weather..
The US military was also interested in the development of an amateur engineer who created an electromagnetic combat rifle in the garage..
text: Ilya Bauer, photo: C. Todd Lopez / U.S. Army