Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The U.S. Army Wants Lasers On Their Next-Generation Combat Vehicle

General Dynamics Stryker MEHEL 2.0 fitted with a 5kW laser weapon system at AUSA 2016, the Association Of United States Army Annual Meeting & Exposition, in Washington D.C.

Army Recognition: Next generation of U.S. army combat vehicles will feature laser weapon system.

The U.S. Army's next-generation combat vehicle will probably run on alternative energy sources and feature directed-energy laser weapons, advanced-composite armor and an active protection system, according military experts.

While laser technology is emerging for weapons, Dr. Bryan Cheeseman, said more research must be conducted on using directed-energy for vehicle protection. Cheeseman is the team leader of the Material Manufacturing and Technology Branch, Army Research Laboratory.

During AUSA 2016, the Association Of United States Army Annual Meeting & Exposition, General Dynamics has showed a Stryker 8x8 APC (Armoured Personnel Carrier) fitted with a 5kW laser beam director under the project name of Stryker MEHEL 2.0. Designed to defeat emerging threats on the battlefield, Land Systems is partnering with the Space Missile Defense Command and Boeing to bring this new capability to tactical edge of the battlefield.

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More News On The U.S. Army's Next Generation Combat Vehicle

The next-generation combat vehicle could have lasers, run on hybrid power -- US Army
Lasers, hybrid power for Army's next-gen combat vehicle, experts say -- UPI
US Army fears its combat vehicles declining, seeks new technologies -- IHS Jane's 360
Next-Generation Warfare Will Feature Laser-Mounted Combat Vehicles -- Futurism
What is the Next-Gen Combat Vehicle? -- Defense News
The Long Road To Army’s Next-Gen Combat Vehicle -- Breaking Defense

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