Laser weapon systems to be developed by Raytheon for USAFNews
August 05, 2019
MCKINNEY, Texas. Raytheon Company will deploy two prototype high energy laser weapon systems (HELWS) to troops overseas under a U.S. Air Force contract. The Air Force experimentation includes 12 months of in-field operation against unmanned aerial systems and operator training.
Raytheon's HELWS uses pure energy to detect, identify, and instantly take down unmanned aerial systems (UAS). The HELWS is paired with Raytheon's Multi-spectral Targeting System.
Mounted on a Polaris MRZR all-terrain vehicle, the system uses invisible beams of light to detect, identify, track, and engage drones.
The contract follows demonstrations of Raytheon's directed energy systems for the Air Force and the U.S. Army.