Marines To Pair Laser Weapon With Stinger Missile For Mobile Ground Unit Protection

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    Marines To Pair Laser Weapon With Stinger Missile For Mobile Ground Unit Protection

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    By: Megan Eckstein
    June 23, 2016 7:12 PM

    The Marine Corps is moving towards a future in which small dispersed units can protect themselves from incoming enemy drones with laser weapons and from missiles and aircraft with Stinger missiles, with both weapons netted into a detection system and mounted atop Humvees and other combat vehicles.

    Lt. Gen. Robert Walsh, deputy commandant of the Marine Corps for combat development and integration, said a Ground-Based Air Defense (GBAD) Directed Energy On-The-Move concept demonstrator with the Office of Naval Research is nearing the start of Phase 3, moving from firing a 30-kilowatt laser at a target from atop a stationary ground vehicle to firing while on the go. Upon completion of the ONR program, around 2022, the GBAD DE OTM system would transition into a program of record in the Marine Corps and likely reside alongside the Stinger missile system as a ground unit self-protection system – giving those units a much-needed upgrade after operating with the Stinger for decades.

    More at: https://news.usni.org/2016/06/23/walsh-directed-energy

     
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    Did the Laser Avenger never enter service?

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    GBAD will be a step up from the Laser Avenger in terms of power output, but I thought they already paired a laser system with Stinger in an operational system?
     
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