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White Sands Missile Range

US Army Straps Laser to Truck, Takes Target Practice With Drones and Mortars

In three weeks of testing at New Mexico’s White Sands Missile Range, the US Army recently reported they’d successfully engaged over 90 mortars and drones with—a giant laser mounted on top of a truck. Using radar to locate and engage its quarry, the 10 kW Boieng-built laser—which is roughly equivalent to 10,000 light bulbs focused into a coin-sized beam—acquires its target and rapidly heats it until the weapon explodes in midair.