4 June 2002 Tactical high-energy laser
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Proceedings Volume 4632, Laser and Beam Control Technologies; (2002); doi: 10.1117/12.469758
Event: High-Power Lasers and Applications, 2002, San Jose, California, United States
Abstract
The Nautilus Project was started in 1995 as a joint US-Israel feasibility study for using laser systems to defend against short-range artillery rockets. It has now matured into a successful laser weapon demonstration program - the Tactical High Energy Laser (THEL) Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration (ACTD) Program. By now the THEL Demonstrator has engaged and destroyed a large number of artillery rockets in mid-flight in an extended series of demonstration tests at the US Army's White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The THEL ACTD hardware and development process are described in this paper, as well as the major test results. The paper also describes the operational concept for a deployed THEL weapon system and some possible growth paths for the THEL ACTD Program.
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Josef Shwartz, Gerald T. Wilson, Joel M. Avidor, "Tactical high-energy laser", Proc. SPIE 4632, Laser and Beam Control Technologies, (4 June 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.469758; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.469758
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Rockets

Weapons

C3I

Defense and security

Laser systems engineering

Artillery

Missiles

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