The Solid-State Laser Testbed, or SSLT, is part of an
"The Army--Northrop Grumman team put in a lot of work to complete these impressive demonstrations," said
SSLT will be used to evaluate the capability of a high energy solid-state laser to accomplish a variety of missions. Those results will be the basis for directing future development of solid-state lasers for use on the battlefield.
The SSLT is a high energy laser, or HEL, system located at the High Energy Laser Systems Test Facility at
JHPSSL was built as a joint venture between SMDC and the
"The primary function of the SSLT is to collect lethality and beam propagation data needed by military planners to validate directed energy models to help determine the next steps for developing laser systems for the battlefield and, eventually, provide this revolutionary capability for our Soldiers," said
Lamar said high energy lasers offer the potential to defeat a number of targets of military interest including rockets, artillery, mortars, unmanned aerial vehicles, UAV-mounted sensors and cruise missiles.
"HELs were modeled and performed well in a recent Army Analysis of Alternatives," said Lamar. "This AoA was the Integrated Force Protection Capability's second increment. AoA had as its goal the development of a capability to defeat RAM and UAVs. Not only were HEL weapons effective at engaging enemy threats but they were also projected to be cost effective.
"SSLT provides important weapon effectiveness information in support of HEL weapon system development with the ability to conduct HEL lethality and propagation experiments at weapons scale power level," he added. "These experiments include both static lethality experiments and dynamic tests where flying targets are engaged and defeated by the laser system."
For more than 30 years, the
In 2005, the
"UAVs are widely proliferated on the modern battlefield. Enemy UAVs, whether armed or equipped with sensors, represent a significant new threat to our deployed forces," Lamar said. "HELs offer the potential to be a cost effective means of providing our armed forces with a revolutionary capability to engage the enemy and save Soldiers' lives. The data developed by the SSLT will help determine if HELs are ready to achieve this potential."
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