The Boeing HEL TD is more than just a sketch on paper. But will it keep on trucking? Apparently so. After a long silence on the project, Boeing announced on October 3, 2012, that it will continue the development effort for the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command. The next step under the follow-on contract, which will cover development and testing for the next three years, will be to incorporate a 10KW solid-state laser with the HEL TD system. Field tests will take place during the coming year to "demonstrate the system's ability to acquire, track, damage, and defeat threat-representative targets."