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February 21, 2012
Rheinmetall demonstrates laser weapons
Kiel, Germany (UPI) Nov 23, 2011
German company Rheinmetall Defense says it has successfully combined a powerful laser weapon with an advanced air defense system. The demonstrator systems were recently tested at a proving ground in Switzerland, the company said, and downed an unmanned aerial vehicle used as a target and engaged and defeated other threats as well. "Having recently used a high-energy laser weapon to down an unmanned aircraft at a proving ground in Switzerland, Rheinmetall has demonstrated the operational ... read more

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Satellite Services supplies on-board sub-systems for smallsats and microsats.
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Boeing and BAE Systems to Develop Integrated Directed Energy Weapon for US Navy
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System Integration of High Energy Laser Technology Demonstrator Completed
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USAF selects GenDyn to study ICBM guidance system

New F-16 configuration features AESA radar

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Harris' tactical manpack radio gets NSA certification

British Falklands warship towed away for scrap

Military sensor needs focus of Swedish symposium

Taiwan's ex-China affairs official accused of leaking secrets

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Raytheon Acquires Directed Energy Capabilities of Ktech Corporation
Raytheon has acquired key business assets of Ktech Corporation to expand its capabilities and opportunities in the non-kinetic effects markets. The transaction is not expected to materially impact R ... more
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MLD Test Moves Navy A Step Closer To Lasers For Ship Self-Defense
Marking a milestone for the Navy, the Office of Naval Research and its industry partner have successfully tested a solid-state, high-energy laser (HEL) from a surface ship, which disabled a small ta ... more
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US Navy And Northrop Grumman Accomplish Goals For At-Sea Demonstration Of Maritime Laser
The U.S. Navy and Northrop Grumman have successfully demonstrated high-energy, solid-state laser defenses at sea by completing a "counter-material" test of the Maritime Laser Demonstrator (MLD) agai ... more
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Scientists Build World's First Anti-Laser
More than 50 years after the invention of the laser, scientists at Yale University have built the world's first anti-laser, in which incoming beams of light interfere with one another in such a way ... more
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Yale scientists build 'anti-laser'
U.S. researchers have announced the development of the world's first "anti-laser," a device that can absorb and cancel out a laser beam. ... more
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'Air laser' could find bombs at a distance
U.S. scientists say a new "air laser" will allow soldiers to detect hidden explosives from a distance and help scientists measure airborne pollutants. ... more
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ONR Achieves Milestone In Free Electron Laser Program
Scientists at Los Alamos National Lab in Los Alamos, N.M., have achieved a remarkable breakthrough with the Office of Naval Research's (ONR) Free Electron Laser (FEL) program, setting the stage for ... more
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US Office Of Naval Research Achieves Milestone
Scientists at Los Alamos National Lab, N.M., have achieved a remarkable breakthrough with the Office of Naval Research's Free Electron Laser (FEL) program, demonstrating an injector capable of produ ... more
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Joint High Power Solid State Laser Keeps Lasing And Lasing
The beat goes on for the world's most powerful and reliable solid-state military laser. Since becoming the first to reach the 100-kilowatt power level threshold for a solid-state laser in 2009 ... more
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Navy test fires electromagnetic cannon
The US Navy announced a successful test Friday of an electromagnetic cannon capable of firing a projectile 110 nautical miles (200 kilometers) at five times the speed of sound. ... more
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Boeing Installing Beam Control System On HEL Laser Demonstrator
Boeing reports that its High Energy Laser Technology Demonstrator (HEL TD) team in Huntsville is installing subassemblies on the Oshkosh Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT), while a HEL T ... more
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Maritime Laser System Shows Higher Lethality At Longer Ranges
Tests of the U.S. Navy's Maritime Laser Demonstration (MLD) system conducted recently at the Potomac River Test Range confirmed the laser weapon system's readiness to proceed with at-sea testing lat ... more
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Northrop Grumman To Increase Efficiency For Next-Gen Military Laser Technology
Northrop Grumman will leverage its recent high-energy solid-state laser successes to advance electric laser technology by substantially increasing the efficiency of these systems for military uses. ... more
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Boeing Receives Task Order For Design Of Free Electron Laser Lab Demonstrator
Boeing has received an additional task order of $23 million to complete the design of the 100-kilowatt Free Electron Laser (FEL) lab demonstrator. The order is part of a U.S. Navy contract, valued a ... more
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Lasers could protect helicopters from harm
A new laser technology could protect helicopters in combat from heat-seeking missiles, University of Michigan researchers say. Using inexpensive, off-the-shelf telecommunications fiber optics, Mo ... more
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New System Developed To Test And Evaluate High-Energy Laser Weapons
Technologies for using laser energy to destroy threats at a distance have been in development for many years. Today, these technologies known as directed energy weapons are maturing to the point of ... more
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Truck-borne laser weapon to be on way soon
A powerful laser weapon that can fit on a light truck is set to be the military's answer to the dilemma of overreacting to enemy attack and harming friendly forces in the process. The laser-beam ... more
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Maritime Laser Demonstration System Proves Key Capabilities For Shipboard Operations
Northrop Grumman recently completed a series of tests of the Maritime Laser Demonstration (MLD) system, moving high-energy lasers a step closer to deployment aboard U.S. Navy ships. Recent sho ... more
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Phalanx Sensors Used In Laser Shoot Down Of Airborne Targets
Raytheon and a U.S. Navy team used a combined-beam fiber laser to shoot down four unmanned aerial vehicles in flight during an over-the-water engagement. The UAV targets were engaged and destr ... more
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Boeing Accepts Delivery Of Key Component For US Army's HEL TD
Boeing took delivery of the beam director assembly for the U.S. Army's High Energy Laser Technology Demonstrator (HEL TD) program, moving the system another step closer to its 2011 testing schedule. ... more
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Single Directed Energy Systems Team Created in Albuquerque
The Boeing Company has announced that it is combining its Airborne Laser Test Bed (ALTB) and Directed Energy organizations into a single Directed Energy Systems team based in Albuquerque. The consolid ... more
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Northrop Grumman Awarded Phase Two Fiber Laser Contracts With DARPA
Northrop Grumman has surpassed Phase I goals for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Revolution in Fiber Lasers (RIFL) program that seeks to mature fiber laser technology. As a r ... more
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Thermal Energy Storage Device For Directed Energy Weapons Tested
General Atomics' Advanced Power Systems Division has announced that it has completed testing of an advanced thermal energy storage device capable of cooling directed energy weapons (DEW). The ... more
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Army Testing Green Laser Kits In Afghanistan
The Army's Program Executive Office Soldier is fielding several Green Laser Escalation of Force, or GLEF, kits to units in Afghanistan for operational assessment. The GLEF systems are mounted ... more
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