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Lasers are coming, but are personnel protected?

23rd April 2018 - 19:21 GMT | by Eric Tegler in Maryland

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The US Army’s recent tests of high-energy laser systems, including on the Stryker combat vehicle, illustrates a potential problem with their use; the safety of personnel exposed to them. 

Though counter-UAS tests have been reportedly effective, demonstrations have been limited by the need to ensure all engagements are below-the-horizon so as not to risk blinding nearby aircraft. 

Coming with such limitations is uneven recognition that effective training with – and fighting against – tactical laser systems will require protecting the eyes of those in contact with them. 

'As more laser threats emerge, we’re being asked to design eyewear

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Eric Tegler is a freelance writer from Severna Park, Maryland. His work appears in a …

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