Stryker Armored Vehicle Has Laser Weapon In Store
The U.S. Army’s Stryker, a versatile combat vehicle, is getting a laser that can shoot down drones and other threats. The fast, wheeled-vehicle has many roles – one of them is for air defense artillery and this system can help protect soldiers in brigade combat teams. The laser conversion will happen in the next few weeks, the Army’s Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office said. This is an important development for the Army as the war in Ukraine has proven that Russian armored vehicles have suffered numerous losses and damages at the hands of drones – many of them commercial-off-the shelf quadcopters that drop grenades.
It Can Engage a Full Spectrum of Drones
This laser’s name is a mouthful. It’s called the Directed Energy-Maneuver Short-Range Air Defense system. This will be a 50 kilowatt laser designed to down drones that weigh from 20 pounds to 1,320 pounds. The laser can also engage and destroy rockets, mortars, and artillery.