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A US Army laser successfully shot down a flying artillery mine

A US Army laser successfully shot down a flying artillery mine

At the US Army White Sands Test Site in New Mexico, where a laser system designed to protect ground troops from drones and aircraft successfully shot down several in-flight artillery mines

Relevant tests were carried out during the Directed Energy Maneuver-Short Range Air Defense (DE M-SHORAD) program, in which a directed energy weapon is being developed – it should become part of a promising short-range air defense (air defense) system.

Raytheon’s 50-kilowatt combat laser module, mounted on a Stryker combat vehicle, successfully detected, tracked and destroyed several flying 60-mm artillery mines. The US Army should receive the first four such installations this year.

It is not yet known whether the DE M-SHORAD complex will be effective against 122-mm shells of the 9P132 Grad-P installation and several flying artillery mines at once.

In May, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov spoke about the use by the Russian Armed Forces during a special military operation to protect the Donbass of the Zadira laser system, capable of destroying targets at a distance of five kilometers.