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US Army considers using laser weapons in battlefield by 2025 May 15, 2016

US Army overcomes another milestone at High Energy Laser Mobile Test Truck (HELMTT) program, under the command of Army Space and Missile Defence Command (SMDC) and Army Forces Strategic Command. The programme, was brought into the Excellence Manoeuvre Fires Integrated Experiment (MFIX) and used to acquire, track, engage and destroy air and ground targets in a simulated tactical environment and demonstrated the Army’s directed energy technology, according army statement. In the Fort Sill exercise, HELMTT tracked and engaged moving and still targets and destroyed small UAVs and static mortar rounds. The program consists of a Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck with a 10 kilowatt laser weapon. According to the SMDC, it is also working to mount a 2 kilowatt laser weapon on a Stryker vehicle, called a Mobile Expeditionary High Energy Laser. With this move, US Army integrated HELMTT for the first time into an army command and control network. Next step will be to employ and develop the tactics, techniques and procedures of operating it and do mission planning. US Army hopes that HELMITT might help troops in the Army of 2025, to understand needs. The test aims specifically to determine how the HELMITT program might help troops in the Army of 2025.

 

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