Each of the companies involved in the development of laser weapons, received from the US Department of Defense on 10 million dollars in the framework of the project to create a "laser truck." The preliminary design of the project should be completed by the end of this year. The company, whose project fits the requirements of the US military, will receive further funding from the project and will have to provide a fully functioning prototype for 2020 for further testing.
It should be noted that the Pentagon has long been interested in developing laser weapons and is trying to finance all promising projects in this direction. In 2014, the US Department of Defense conducted tests on a laser system as part of the HEL MD program, and has now launched the HEL TVD program. The key difference between these programs is a multiple increase in power while reducing the size of the laser system.
The Ministry of Defense put forward a requirement for a new laser installation created within the framework of the HEL TVD program: the installation must be completely self-sufficient - it must independently detect, direct and hit air targets. In this case, the installation must hit all targets, ranging from drones to mines and rockets.