U.S. Army for almost a month to carry out tests of new military laser HEL MD (High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator, mobile high-energy laser demonstrator). According to the U.S. Army, the tests were conducted from 18 November to 10 December 2013 on the missile range «White Sands». During this time the system was struck more than 90 mortar rounds and a few drones.
The structure of the system under test came radar EMMR, which detect air targets and passed their characteristics combat the fire control system, which controls the laser. Tested laser power was 10 m. In the future, mobile chassis system is planned to install a laser power of 50 square meters, which will then be upgraded to 100 m. Will be immediately improved power supply system.
HEL MD is designed specifically to protect the principle of military facilities from mortar shells, cruise missiles, artillery shells and drones. Specific goals such views on the military, are the main threats faced by the U.S. Army. Main contractor a contract to develop the laser system is the South American concern Boeing.
South American military now considering different types of lasers as a highly promising tool. At the end of November 2013 the U.S. Air Force released a request for information on the ability of the creation of laser guns for promising sixth-generation fighter aircraft that entered service after 2030. Such an instrument will be, namely, be used against ground targets and other aircraft.