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US will test military laser weapons outside the continental country

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The US Air Force AFRL Research Laboratory created the first HELWS fast-moving mobile ground-based combat laser complex. The unit was sent for testing outside the continental United States, and they will last for a year.


This information was published by the American resource Task & Purpoise.

The US Air Force Strategic Development and Testing Office (SDPE) oversees this program. The latest system will be the first high-energy laser weapons, which will go into service with the US Air Force. It will be used to combat small UAVs. The complex can be mounted on light cars.

The research laboratory says that new tests of the laser complex will take place in conjunction with the tests of another experimental THOR system equipped with a high-frequency emitter. AFRL Dr. Kelly Hammett called the appearance of this device “a revolution in directional energy. It is designed to destroy "swarms of drones" by electronic means.

In total, in a 12-month trial outside the continental North American continent, the U.S. military will test five types of the latest high-tech weapon systems.
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  1. Winnie76
    Winnie76 April 10 2020 09: 41 New
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    AFRL Dr. Kelly Hammett called the appearance of this device “a revolution in directional energy.

    And what is the power of this revolution? And the range? Couple km?
    I want to arrange a revolution in traffic rules. A bunch of laser pointers will cut through passages in houses, burn dump trucks and annihilate pedestrians.
  2. grandfather_Kostya
    grandfather_Kostya April 10 2020 09: 44 New
    +1
    By definition, a melee weapon of a maximum of 10 km will turn out - then the beam is scattered by atmospheric inhomogeneities.
    1. A. Privalov
      A. Privalov April 10 2020 10: 05 New
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      10 km, it’s not enough. The 70 kW prototype laser was knocked down by a drone three kilometers in 2 pulses a year ago. A year for such systems is a lot of time. I think that there is progress. We will not guess. We will soon see the system in action.
      1. Piramidon
        Piramidon April 10 2020 10: 58 New
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        Quote: A. Privalov
        10 km, it’s not enough. The 70 kW prototype laser was knocked down by a drone three kilometers in 2 pulses a year ago.

        In clear weather. If precipitation, fog, haze ... then knock only at point blank range. It makes sense to put lasers on planes and use them at altitude, where the atmosphere is cleaner.
        1. A. Privalov
          A. Privalov April 10 2020 12: 01 New
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          Quote: Piramidon
          In clear weather. If precipitation, fog, haze ...

          As the practice of testing a prototype with a power approaching 100 kW shows, fog or other haze associated with temperature changes is not a serious obstacle. A kind of atmospheric “breakdown” occurs when the beam is no longer substantially attenuated. In other words, the use of such devices is hindered only by artificially created interference in the form of fumes, aerosols, etc. It is not possible today to protect such medium-high targets at speeds within the range of 100-250 km / h.
          1. grandfather_Kostya
            grandfather_Kostya April 10 2020 13: 19 New
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            A kind of atmospheric “breakdown” occurs when the beam is no longer substantially attenuated

            Atmospheric breakdown is possible only in a narrow beam of the order of 1 cm square, only in a short pulse under stationary conditions. With such a "punched" beam, you cannot fry a moving drone and "hello diffraction and beam expansion." Good focusing on a distant object is possible through a 0.5-1 m diameter lens, which means that a high beam density will only be in front of the object.
            1. A. Privalov
              A. Privalov April 10 2020 13: 35 New
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              The Americans secret technology, internal subtleties, but the effect they produce is never hidden. Than spend time on scholasticism, let's wait a bit more. Soon we will see everything in practice with our own eyes.
        2. iljael
          iljael April 10 2020 16: 17 New
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          So, which one will send a small drone to fog or bad weather, so the laser is against the drones just right, and if the laser does not work, then the drone does not work for the same reasons.
          1. Piramidon
            Piramidon April 10 2020 16: 35 New
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            Quote: iljael
            and if the laser does not work, then the drone for the same reasons does not work.

            The drone, depending on the equipment installed on it, can conduct not only visual, but also radio reconnaissance, and radar, and reconnaissance in the infrared range, when weather and atmospheric transparency are not of particular importance. Well, if not some kind of hurricane
            1. iljael
              iljael April 23 2020 15: 08 New
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              IR in the fog? Nude nude, I wish you success professor.
              1. Piramidon
                Piramidon April 23 2020 16: 20 New
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                Quote: iljael
                IR in the fog? Nude nudeI wish you success professor.

                You can sniff and poke with your children, "the smartest whistle-blower." And I just listed what drones can be capable of. negative
                1. iljael
                  iljael April 24 2020 15: 07 New
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                  So you are the child judging by the comments. Are you going to fasten the thermal imager to which drone in the fog?
      2. Oleg1263
        Oleg1263 April 10 2020 12: 46 New
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        This system has 10 kW lasers, and the on-board power system allows you to "pull" just 30 times
        1. A. Privalov
          A. Privalov April 10 2020 12: 55 New
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          Quote: oleg1263
          This system has 10 kW lasers, and the on-board power system allows you to "pull" just 30 times

          So this is baby. For him, such an effect is enough.
          1. Oleg1263
            Oleg1263 April 10 2020 13: 01 New
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            I mean, it doesn't smell like 10 km, otherwise there are already a lot of comments about 10 km ....
    2. antique
      antique April 10 2020 11: 35 New
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      10 km is not bad. Near radius, inexpensive and beautiful.
    3. venik
      venik April 10 2020 20: 30 New
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      Quote: grandfather_Kostya
      By definition, melee weapons will be a maximum of 10 km

      ========
      Konstantin! Well, it’s you who have "bent" ..... With such "dimensions" - well, a maximum of a couple of kilometers .... What's next, it is only "targeting" ....
      1. grandfather_Kostya
        grandfather_Kostya April 10 2020 21: 20 New
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        10 km is the upper theoretical bar obtained from the most general considerations, regardless of the size and power of the device.
        1. venik
          venik April 10 2020 22: 05 New
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          Quote: grandfather_Kostya
          10 km is the upper theoretical bar obtained from the most general considerations, regardless of the size and power of the device.

          ======
          good Consonant! drinks
  3. knn54
    knn54 April 10 2020 09: 45 New
    +2
    If only the weather didn’t let us down ... and the coronavirus.
  4. Free wind
    Free wind April 10 2020 09: 52 New
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    The headline is cool and formidable. The end of the article is a masterpiece. Outside the North American Continent! So where ? Well, let's say in Hawaii, they’ll dance for a year and smoke, and they’ll get money for it. Well, then lasers are serious and for a long time.
    1. Piramidon
      Piramidon April 10 2020 16: 40 New
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      Quote: Free Wind
      The end of the article is a masterpiece. Outside the North American Continent!

      I've been thinking too. They that the Mojave Desert is not enough? Or is their laser so powerful that they are afraid of burning the whole of America in a radius of 100/500 thousand km? request
  5. shinobi
    shinobi April 10 2020 09: 58 New
    +1
    A characteristic clause is high-frequency microwave radiation. Fight with swarms of drones. That is what our electronic warfare stations have been able for a long time, and portable pulse emitters are circled in the troops for piece-firing of small-sized units.
    1. Fedorov
      Fedorov April 10 2020 10: 11 New
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      They know how to be portable, but you need to notice or hear, and in a helmet and in a trench it is problematic. 200 meters in height - you don’t hear and don’t see nichrome., Except on a clear day.
      1. shinobi
        shinobi April 10 2020 10: 30 New
        +1
        Over a modern battlefield, a single drone should not do a nefig. Again, in the army, this “cannon” works in an attachment with portable radars. An indication is given to where to find the drone.
    2. voyaka uh
      voyaka uh April 10 2020 13: 38 New
      +1
      EW station detects itself as soon as it turns on.
      And it becomes a goal.
      But the laser is not detected. The beam is optically invisible.
      1. shinobi
        shinobi April 13 2020 02: 31 New
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        Who is this stupid thing for you? No one canceled the secondary scattering and the beam tracer is visible in any camera that is more or less sensitive to infrared radiation, not to mention special devices.
        1. voyaka uh
          voyaka uh April 13 2020 10: 40 New
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          I wrote OPTICALLY invisible. Optically - means in the visual range. smile
          Naturally, you can see it with appropriate devices.
          1. shinobi
            shinobi April 13 2020 13: 21 New
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            Any powerful laser, no matter in which range it works, heats the air along the pulse path. Gas molecules begin to emit, including in the visible range. This is the secondary radiation, the tracer. The more powerful the laser, the stronger this radiation. The human eye sees it. I wrote about devices because relying on the accuracy of determining the location "by eye" in a modern war is somehow not comme il faut.
            1. voyaka uh
              voyaka uh April 13 2020 13: 51 New
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              "The human eye sees him" ////
              ----
              What? A thin strip of warm air? When does the sun shine ?, at night? in the wind? etc.
              No chances.
              1. shinobi
                shinobi April 14 2020 03: 30 New
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                Have you seen a flash lamp? And the tracer is blinking. Click, the sound is the same as that of a high-voltage breakdown, and a bright streak of light. How do I know? But I somehow watched on an excursion how a laser cutter cuts titanium sheets and punches holes in blanks. Everyone gave out special glasses to avoid retinal burns. And you say it will be invisible.
                1. voyaka uh
                  voyaka uh April 14 2020 08: 02 New
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                  Have you watched a drone laser test? They were daytime.
                  A few videos.
                  No streak of light. No strip of warm air.
                  The drone lights up and begins to fall. And that’s all.
                  1. shinobi
                    shinobi April 15 2020 11: 38 New
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                    These are all toys for the military. No, as experimental models they are needed. And in general, all these are empty thoughts. When it does, then we will discuss it.
                    PS: The bullet in flight is also not visible.
                    1. voyaka uh
                      voyaka uh April 15 2020 12: 09 New
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                      The article is about serial army weapons.
                      Two types of laser weapons are already in service with the US Army.
                      And one type is in the navy.
                      ----
                      The bullet is not visible, but it is easy to pinpoint the source of the shot:
                      1) by sound 2) by flame from the trunk
                      The laser has neither one nor the other.
                      No sound, no flame, no trace of a shot. And instant goal achievement.
                      Ponder this. hi
                      1. shinobi
                        shinobi April 16 2020 07: 17 New
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                        At a distance of 500-600 meters, the bullet from the SVD first flies in unnoticed, and only then the sound. And if the bullet is yours, then the flash of the shot is the last thing you see. Maybe you will see. That's all the thoughts, or rather, what you saw in life.
                      2. voyaka uh
                        voyaka uh April 16 2020 09: 39 New
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                        1) After the FIRST shot from the SVD, the place of the shot will be spotted. smile
                        And the second shot at the sniper will not work. Sniper or
                        crushed or forced to leave.
                        2) In the case of a laser, it will not be detected either during the first or during
                        tenth impulse-shot. Even if they realize that the laser is firing.
                      3. shinobi
                        shinobi April 18 2020 01: 02 New
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                        In the battle? Detect? Fantazer.
                      4. voyaka uh
                        voyaka uh April 18 2020 02: 31 New
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                        Me (or rather, a patrol jeep) was shot at by a sniper
                        the turn of the border is from Jordan. The bullet whistled like a bird.
                        Then the second.
                        We did not see him, jumped quickly and lay down, and reported by walkie-talkie.
                        He was quickly spotted by our observers from the hills.
                        Passed on to the Jordanian command. I don’t know further.
                        Usually they are beaten half to death for their own and expelled from the army
                        (they serve under the contract).
  • Fedorov
    Fedorov April 10 2020 10: 00 New
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    Damn .. I was still studying, we raised this issue more than 20 years ago, there was not enough money, everything collapsed. But I think the developments then remained in the Russian defense industry. The same "Relight.
    И
    Dr. Kelly Hammett
    push the forest.
  • rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 April 10 2020 10: 16 New
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    sent for testing outside the continental United States ... along with trials of another THOR prototype system equipped with high frequency emitter.
    Therefore, they decided to conduct tests outside their territory? You should not put your own at risk, but it is not a pity for Aboriginal people somewhere outside the United States.
  • Cowbra
    Cowbra April 10 2020 10: 22 New
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    Listen, this golf cart is unlikely to really make out drones. And it’s certainly not able to do much harm, it can blind the optical matrix. Just because you can’t take a lot of energy on it, and therefore can’t transmit it with any laser.
    AFRL Dr. Kelly Hammett called the appearance of this device “revolution in directed energy.

    And they have everything "pyridic" always. True, usually nichrome does not work, like the Patriots. In that "pyridovity", go
  • Chingachguk
    Chingachguk April 10 2020 10: 24 New
    +5
    That's why I respect the Americans, but because they love themselves and immensely respect !!!!!!! Here we would be so !!!! They’ll bury all crap from nuclear plants in other countries, print their tugriks, pay them, and for these pieces of paper many countries clog their waters and lands with the waste products of American nuclear power plants, bacteriological weapons are also created far from their borders, especially since immediately there is someone to check. It’s better to test military weapons in a foreign land, you never know ... They never help anyone if they don’t have anything from this, they don’t forgive debts just like that, in the hope that sometime, in the future, they will be counted. And they are respected for this !!!!
  • sanik2020
    sanik2020 April 10 2020 10: 49 New
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    US will test military laser weapons outside the continental country

    And why didn’t they test it in America? Are you afraid that America will end there?
  • antique
    antique April 10 2020 11: 32 New
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    What can I say well done. There is no doubt that the United States and China are head to head in the technological race. Bring to mind and the Jedi war begins. The most important thing is mass production. China has long offered its combat systems for export. By the way, an analogue of Peresvet.
  • bogart047
    bogart047 April 10 2020 12: 57 New
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    okay. But a simple coating that reflects light will greatly reduce the effectiveness of lasers
  • Klingon
    Klingon April 10 2020 13: 17 New
    +2
    Well, the striped Che announce the testing of energy weapons. you can believe that they will experience something. maybe even the clips will be thrown into YouTube. and what is our Fazer-Peresvet? everything is also deaf and no data. Does he even exist or did they show us the layout?
    1. voyaka uh
      voyaka uh April 10 2020 13: 40 New
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      Officially, he was sent to guard the ICBM mines from enemy cruise missiles.
      1. Peter is not the first
        Peter is not the first April 10 2020 15: 13 New
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        I doubt it! Although the purpose of this technique is just that, they will not guard the ICBM mines during testing.
        Firstly, it is said that the tests will not be on the North American continent, but their mines on the continent.
        Secondly, during the tests it is necessary to organize an attack of a “swarm of drones” on the protected object, and the Americans are certainly not stupid to do this on their existing missile bases.
        The tests closest to reality, they can conduct in Iraq to protect their bases.
        1. voyaka uh
          voyaka uh April 10 2020 15: 14 New
          +1
          I wrote about the Russian Peresvet.
  • Klingon
    Klingon April 10 2020 21: 57 New
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    Quote: voyaka uh
    Officially, he was sent to guard the ICBM mines from enemy cruise missiles.

    in virtual reality wassat
  • lvov_aleksey
    lvov_aleksey April 10 2020 22: 11 New
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    Quote: voyaka uh
    I wrote about the Russian Peresvet.

    I don’t know how overexposure works, maybe it is far behind life. You tell me how LASER can break through fog, cloud, rain and just a water barrier? !!! I know how to do this, but it’s not possible by car, in the YES car, and the ship is just one nuclear reactor, as soon as it has time to charge it ...