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  1. Apr 2021
    1. 00 kilowatts to something over 250,” he said. “The contract award was a few months ago… the new news is that he wants to take that from 100 kilowatts to over 250.
    2. he 100-kW project will end at critical design review, without actually building the weapon. Instead, the same Dynetics-Lockheed team will build on both their own work and a new multi-service collaboration led by OSD to develop a 250-300 kilowatt laser.
    1. The Army plans to test a roughly 50-kilowatt laser on an 8×8 Stryker armored vehicle by 2021, followed by a 100-kW one on a heavy HEMTT truck.
    2. The Army’s especially interested in taking out incoming rockets, artillery, mortar rounds, and small drones with electrically-powered weapons that cost pennies per shot instead of expensive one-use intercep
    1. PM systems are particularly effective against large swarms of small drones because they can fire again and again in rapid succession, each zap affecting an arc much like a shotgun blast. Lasers are less effective against swarms because their needle-thin beams need some time to burn through the fuselage of each incoming drone in turn, taking down one target at a time

      Difference between HPM and lazer

    2. ving each advantages and disadvantages against different types of targets. A laser basically acts like a long-range blowtorch, applying heat to a precise spot — ideally something critical like a tail fin — until the target melts, burns, or just stops working. A microwave emits radiation that scrambles electronic circuitry.
  2. Feb 2021