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U.S. Navy researchers are taking the first steps toward a tactical laser weapon mounted on a humvee-like maneuverable combat vehicle to protect moving U.S. Marine Corps task forces from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), cruise missiles, and other weapons that are difficult to pick up on radar.

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) in Arlington, Va., released a formal industry solicitation last Thursday (13-SN-0014) for the Ground–Based Air Defense Directed Energy On-The-Move program (G-BAD DE OTM), which seeks novel subsystems and components for a future UAV-killing laser vehicle that can fire on the move.

Source: John Keller for Militaryaerospace.com

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