US Air Force plans to clear airfields with a laser


The Pentagon plans to clear airfields with lasers. It is for this purpose that the US Air Force placed an order with Parsons for the supply of armored vehicles equipped with laser modules. According to C4ISRNET, the contract is worth $ 40 million.


The development of armored vehicles with a laser module began in 2015. The project was named RADBO. The basis of the new demining tool was the Cougar MRAP armored car with increased protection against mines and improvised devices, equipped with a 3-kilowatt laser system. The latter is capable of detonating mines and improvised explosive devices from a distance of up to 300 meters.

In addition, the armored car received a robotic manipulator that lifts and holds loads up to 22,6 kg, infrared cameras, autonomous control systems and two additional power generators.


Under the current contract, the US Air Force plans to receive 13 of these armored vehicles. At the same time, the use of lasers by the American army is not limited to demining. In the spring of this year, the shipboard installation LWSD Mk.2 Mod.0 was tested, which, during testing, successfully hit the UAV. In addition, we previously wrote that Lockheed Martin posted a video of an F-16 Fighting Falcon destroying Russian missiles using the latest TALWS laser system.
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  1. Kuramori Reika Offline Kuramori Reika
    Kuramori Reika (Kuramori Reika) 29 September 2020 14: 22
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    And what's the point ??? Another cut of the budget. Well, they will blow up 2 mines out of 10 in this way, and the rest will be either too deep, or there will be wet ground, or something else. One way or another, they will have to double-check everything. Corruption in the United States is breaking all mental and non-mental records. In the same way, they could create a robot with a long arm and a squib at the end to quickly blow up mines.
  2. Dmitry S. Offline Dmitry S.
    Dmitry S. (Dmitry Sanin) 29 September 2020 16: 00
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    And if the fog? And what if haze or smoke from burning forests? Sandstorm ... Why a laser if it only works under certain conditions?