The continuous development on the field of laser sources and laser applications in the last decade has not only driven the capabilities in the industry domain, it also changed the way the military sees and uses laser systems. With the introduction of a high energy laser (HEL) system onboard the USS Ponce in 2014 the practical use of laser weapons started into a new phase. Future Navy ships will be equipped with laser weapons; plans for other applications like C-UAS or C-RAM are making progress. Other nations will most likely follow, they do already have plans or even prototypes. Having started as a support tool on the battlefield the laser will become a new effector with multiple applications. This paper describes the rationale, the tasks and the status of the Test Facility for High Energy Laser (TuV-HEL) at the Bundeswehr Technical Center for Weapons and Ammunition (WTD 91) in Meppen (DEU).
Sebastian Strecker, "Test facility for high-energy laser (TuV-HEL)," Proc. SPIE 10798, High-Power Lasers: Technology and Systems, Platforms, and Effects II, 1079802 (Presented at SPIE Security + Defence: September 12, 2018; Published: 9 October 2018); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2325165.
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