The system was electrically powered, and Raytheon said it offers the military a very cost-efficient and nearly unlimited "magazine" for shooting down things like threatening UAVs, or perhaps airplanes. "Once development is completed," Raytheon said in a release, "the Laser Area Weapon System will give the warfighter a speed-of-light solution for defeating rockets, mortars, UAVs, and other targets."
It appears that the defense giant wants to play a dominant role in the U.S. Army's Common Infrared Countermeasures competition. Raytheon Missile Systems has built a weapon known as Scorpion for the competition. Scorpion is expected to feature Raytheon's directed infrared countermeasures turret and a rugged quantum cascade laser. "Scorpion will be a light-weight, low-cost, highly reliable, laser-based infrared countermeasures solution against current and future IR-guided threat missiles," the company said.
CNET reporter Daniel Terdiman was visiting with Raytheon as part of Road Trip 2010 when word of the test came out.
Click here to read the related story on Raytheon's laser weapon, and click here to check out the entire Road Trip 2010 package.
July 21, 2010 4:00 AM PDT
Photo by: Raytheon
| Caption by: Daniel Terdiman
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