|Aviation Week & Space Technology
10/15/2007, page 19
Raytheon?s directed-energy group has demonstrated a 20-kw. laser that can detonate mortar rounds at 500 meters. It comprises 40 low-power lasers bundled together and boresighted, but operating without the use of a beam-control device. Raytheon plans to upgrade the lasers for longer range anti-artillery and anti-unmanned aircraft missions. The company also fired a kilowatt-class, solid-state illuminator for the Airborne Laser program more than 50 times for up to 90 sec.