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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Oct. 10, 2012 — Boeing will continue to develop a truck-mounted 10-kW laser system under Phase II of an Army contract, the defense contractor announced recently.

Under the High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator (HEL MD) Phase II high-power testing contract, Boeing will incorporate a 10-kW solid-state laser with the HEL MD system. There is an option to add a more powerful laser, which reduces the risk for future high-power laser integration. The system improves a soldier’s ability to counter rockets, artillery, mortars and unmanned aerial threats.

The contract from Army Space and Missile Defense Command supports development and testing for the next three years; field tests to determine the system’s effectiveness against threats will be conducted over the next year.

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The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
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