US Army tests laser on Apache helicopter

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    US Army tests laser on Apache helicopter

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    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Army and Raytheon have completed a flight test of a high-energy laser system on an AH-64 Apache attack helicopter that was deemed successful, according to a Raytheon statement Monday.

    The recent test at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, “marks the first time that a fully integrated laser system successfully engaged and fired on a target from a rotary-wing aircraft over a wide variety of flight regimes, altitudes and air speeds,” the company said.

    Raytheon said the test achieved all primary and secondary goals that show a high-energy laser, or HEL, on an attack helicopter can provide high-resolution, multiband targeting sensor performance and beam propagation.

    For the test, Raytheon coupled a variant of the Multi-Spectral Targeting System — an advanced electro-optical infrared sensor — with a laser, according to the statement. The MTS provides targeting information, situational awareness and beam control.

    The laser tracked and directed energy on “a number” of targets, Raytheon added.

    The testing, according to the company, will also guide the future design of HEL systems from data collected related to vibration, dust and rotor downwash on laser beam control and steering.

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    Here's a video of the system.



    Super small, and surprisingly well developed for an exploratory/experimental design. It's only going to get more powerful from here. It's about the same size as one of the Apache's external fuel tanks.

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    Really first helicopter-based laser targeting device was in Ka-50 in 1985, later in Ka-52 (ГОЭС-451) and Mi-28/Mi-28N/Mi-28NM.
    Export modification "Samshit-E" is commercially aviable. Not sure about USA, but Egypt already buy it.
     
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    I don't think it is the Samshit :) as the laser on the Apache, the mighty internet is telling me that the Samshit-E is an electro optics system not a laser that does kinetic damage.

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    A laser is cool but is it useful? How much battery capacity does it have? Is it worth having a pod of rockets or the laser pod? How reliable is it in adverse weather conditions? These are all questions that need to be answered.
     
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    Samshit-E is electron-optical targeting device, that can include laser (by the wish of customer). Usually it is used on export modifications of Ka-52, that use laser-guided missiles.
    And yes, as I know, laser usually make "beam damage". "Kinetic damage" laser can make only if you'll drop it on the target's head.
     
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    Laser is useful for searching of target (as element of lidar), targeting for laser guided weapon, damaging of eyes and optical devices of targets. Armor-piercing power of it is near nothing - usual gun or rocket pod much more effective.
     
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    On the 6:42 - watch laser on Ka-52.
     
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    Talking about damaging of targets - what is a power of this laser, and how many tens (or hundreds) times it less that power of M230?
     
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