Army "lase-off" competition seeks to destroy enemy drones with laser weapon fired from Stryker vehicle

Nov. 8, 2019
The Army is setting an ambitious time-table, and expects to have operational lasers ready to deploy on Strykers by 2022, if not earlier.

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Army is preparing to incinerate enemy weapons in an upcoming in a “lase-off” with its emerging Stryker-armed 50-kilowatt laser weapon vs. enemy drones, helicopters, fixed-wing aircraft, and incoming enemy missiles. Kris Osborn at Warrior Maven reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

8 Nov. 2019 -- The Stryker-fired laser, in development for several years, is part of the Army’s fast-developing Initial Maneuver Short Range Air Defense (IM-SHORAD) program designed to bring air-and-missile defense back to armored vehicles on the move in combat.

The program will deliver 50-kilowatt lasers on a platoon of four Stryker vehicles in 2022, says an Army report.

Northrop Grumman and Raytheon, are subcontractors in an Other Transaction Authority (OTA) agreement between the Army and Kord Technologies to create a laser weapon to destroy enemy drones, an Army report stated.

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John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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