Search Menu
Photonics Media Photonics Buyers' Guide Photonics EDU Photonics Spectra BioPhotonics EuroPhotonics Industrial Photonics Photonics Showcase Photonics ProdSpec Photonics Handbook
More News
Email Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Comments

Laser Demo Downs Rocket Over Desert
May 2004
REDONDO BEACH, Calif., May 7 -- The US Army's mobile tactical high-energy laser (MTHEL) testbed destroyed its largest rocket to date in a demonstration held Tuesday at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. Northrop Grumman Corp. built the demonstrator for the Army and the Israel Ministry of Defence (IMoD).
A large-caliber rocket carrying a live warhead was intercepted and destroyed during the live-fire test. The rocket used is faster and has more mass than the Katyusha rockets that have been used since testing began in 2000.

The MTHEL prototype will give the Army its first deployable laser weapon system. Northrop Grumman began work on the existing testbed in 1996, when it was called the THEL/advanced concept technology demonstrator (ACTD). The company said MTHEL will be the first tactical and mobile, directed-energy weapon capable of shooting down rockets and other tactical targets in flight "to protect deployed forces and civilians of the US and its friends and allies."

The existing MTHEL testbed was designed, developed and produced by a Northrop Grumman-led team of US and Israeli contractors for the US Space & Missile Defense Command, Huntsville, Ala., and for IMoD. In addition to Northrop Grumman's Space Technology and Mission Systems sectors, US companies involved in testbed development are Ball Aerospace, Boulder, Colo. and Brashear LP, of Pittsburgh, Pa. Israeli companies that supported THEL ACTD development are Electro-Optic Industries Ltd., Rehovat; Israel Aircraft Industries Ltd., Yehud Industrial Zone; RAFAEL, Haifa; and Tadiran, Holon.

For more information, visit:

defenseindustrialKatyusha rocketsmobile tactical high-energy laserMTHELNews & FeaturesNorthrop Grummanlasers

Terms & Conditions Privacy Policy About Us Contact Us
back to top
Facebook Twitter Instagram LinkedIn YouTube RSS
©2019 Photonics Media, 100 West St., Pittsfield, MA, 01201 USA,

Photonics Media, Laurin Publishing
x We deliver – right to your inbox. Subscribe FREE to our newsletters.
We use cookies to improve user experience and analyze our website traffic as stated in our Privacy Policy. By using this website, you agree to the use of cookies unless you have disabled them.