Tactical laser weapon
In 2010, Northrop Grumman Corp developed a 105 kW (715 kW laser module combination) according to the output power slab burning laser with high power solid laser JHPSSL plan . In addition, the development of the ceramic laser up to the letter of the company also reached 100 kilowatts. The output power of the optical fiber and the thin section high energy laser which is planned by the durable electric power laser (RELI) has reached 30 kW, and it has a very good beam quality.
In addition to the high energy laser, the United States is still in the high energy laser long distance (20 km) horizontal transmission effect mechanism to make progress. In the field of tactical 5000mw Laser weapon prototype research, a series of interception tests were carried out successfully. In 2010, the United States Navy laser weapon system with 6 sets of industrial grade 5.5 kW fiber laser through space power synthesis method for laser output of 33 kilowatts, in 2010 in California succeeded in destroying the aircraft 3.2 kilometers, flight speed for 134 meters / seconds of the UAV to verify the kW fiber laser in thousands of meters away from the destroyed low-speed UAV technology feasibility.
Tactical 100mw Laser Pointer weapons development and application will further enrich the troops of the defense and attack means, its widespread use is helpful to reduce the consumption of general ammunition and missile, is expected to change the forces of combat, and has the potential to have a major impact on system construction of weapons and equipment.
In August 2014, the U. S. Navy put through improved laws system installed to "Ponce" amphibious ship and later deployed to the Gulf region, in the real environment test of this fiber laser weapon system combat capability, while allowing the sailors and Marines are more familiar with the system.
By the end of 2013, the United States Army high energy Red Laser Pointer powered demonstration prototype using 10 kilowatts of lasers carried out several shooting test, successfully destroyed more than 90 mortar shells and a number of UAVs in the flight state. This is the first time the laser weapon system successfully demonstrated the ability to shoot. Continuous shooting at the tactical level is of great significance, more close to the actual needs. In September 2014, it carried out the operational test of aiming at all kinds of air targets in wind, rain, fog and other weather conditions.
Laser weapon is a kind of revolutionary new weapon which combines hardware and software killing as a whole, both offensive and defensive functions. Compared with the existing missile or common ammunition. It has fast speed, high precision, coverage range, flexible use, combat the use of low cost and can be used in place of or as a supplement of traditional weapon is better to assume air defense and antimissile defense, suppression of enemy air defense and electronic / information warfare and other a variety of combat missions.