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AUSA 2021: Raytheon upgrades high-energy laser weapon

18th October 2021 - 17:00 GMT | by Flavia Camargos Pereira in Kansas City

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The new version of HELWS was mounted on a Polaris Dagor tactical vehicle (Photo – Flavia Camargos Pereira)

New HELWS is a 15kW-class system optimised to defeat Group 1-2 UASs. It features an attachable/removable beam director turret and supports onboard radar and jammer options.

Raytheon Intelligence & Space exhibited its upgraded High-Energy Laser Weapon System (HELWS) at AUSA 2021 exhibition, in Washington DC. 

The new HELWS is a 15kW-class system optimised to defeat Group 1-2 UAVs and it was mounted on a Polaris Dagor tactical vehicle at AUSA.

With seating for up to four personnel, the new system features an attachable/removable beam director turret for ease of transportation and supports onboard radar and jammer options.

A spokesperson for Raytheon explained to Shephard that the new HELWS works in conjunction with a radar that acquires the target at a distance and then hands it off

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