Special Operations Command to Test Directed Energy Weapon on Apache

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    Special Operations Command to Test Directed Energy Weapon on Apache

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    By Yasmin Tadjdeh


    TAMPA, Fla. — Special Operations Command will test a laser weapon on an Apache helicopter this summer, said one official May 26.

    SOCOM's program executive office rotary wing is working alongside the Army’s project office for Apache Attack Helicopters to conduct a feasibility test this summer, said Col. John Vannoy, program manager for rotary wing.

    “There is absolutely a niche I believe for use of directed energy weapons,” he said during a briefing at the annual Special Operations Forces Industry Conference sponsored by the National Defense Industrial Association. “The lens we are looking at this through right now is: ‘Is it feasible to do this?’ We’re not at the point where we’ve laid out a business case to advance it.”


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    Its feasible but at this point I don't think the technology has matured yet. We can't go wrong with the 30mm, as soon as that round hits your bye bye. With lasers it could take some time to melt through more heavily armored vehicles. An Apache can carry 1200 rounds of 30mm, can a laser gun and its batteries provide that much fire power for the same amount of weight and cost?
     
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