February 20th, 2009 in Breaking News

US Army orders truck mounted laser cannons - Hardware - iTnews Australia.

Boeing is to develop a truck-mounted laser weapon system that destroys rockets, artillery shells and mortar rounds as part of a US$7m contract awarded by the US Army.

The first phase of the High Energy Laser Technology Demonstrator (HEL-TD) contract will involve the design of a rugged Beam Control System designed to be mounted on a truck.

The objective is to demonstrate that a mobile, solid-state laser weapon system can effectively counter rocket, artillery and mortar projectiles.

Boeing will then have the option of building and testing the Beam Control System integrated on a vehicle platform, and refining the requirements for the entire HEL-TD system.