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Report: Army Interested in Airborne Laser Weapons

Report: Army Interested in Airborne Laser Weapons - top government contractors - best government contracting event

Report: Army Interested in Airborne Laser Weapons - top government contractors - best government contracting eventThe U.S. Army looks to adopt high-energy laser technology for the service branch’s fixed-wing and rotocraft aircraft platforms, Flightglobal reported Wednesday.

“It's a capability we're interested in,” Col. Joe Hoecherl, Army Apache program manager, was quoted as saying.

Ben Allison, HEL product lead at Raytheon, told Flightglobal the company aims to help address the Army’s airborne laser requirements after both parties tested a high-energy laser on a Boeing-built Apache AH-64 attack helicopter.

The test was the first time a laser system engaged a target from a rotary-wing aircraft and conducted through a cooperative agreement between Raytheon, the Army’s Apache programme office and the U.S. Special Operations Command.

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Written by Nichols Martin

a staff writer at Executive Mosaic, produces articles on the federal government's technology and business interests. The coverage of these articles include government contracting, cybersecurity, information technology, health care and national security.

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