Wednesday, June 28, 2017

U.S. Military Attaches Laser to an Apache Gunship

Raytheon recently tested a high-energy laser weapon attached to an AH-64 Apache helicopter gunship.

The device “achieved all primary and secondary goals” and “performed as expected,” the company stated.
The U.S. Army’s Apache, in service since 1986, comes brimming with weapons including a 30-millimeter gun, 70-millimeter rockets and tank-busting AGM-114 Hellfire missiles. Operational laser-armed Apaches are a ways off, and the White Sands demonstration is still an experiment.
Lasers aboard ships are a fact, there has been a 33-kilowatt XN-1 LaWS installed on the amphibious transport dock USS Ponce since 2014.