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star wars inches forward—laser destroys larger rocket

“The ground-based Tactical High Energy Laser, or THEL, locked on and destroyed the 11-foot-long, 6-inch-diameter rocket in flight over White Sands Missile Range on Tuesday, said Pam Rogers, a U.S. Army spokeswoman in Huntsville, Ala.

“The stationary test version of THEL has shot down smaller Katyusha rockets and artillery shells in the past, she said.

“The system, which eventually would be mobile, uses an advanced radar to spot and track incoming rockets and then fires a deuterium fluoride chemical laser to destroy them.

“The company could deliver a mobile prototype by 2007 or 2008 if it gets a contract this summer, he said.”

Stationary test THEL (star wars laser)

At this defense magazine site, as well as this photo of a “The fixed-site version Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration (ACTD) Tactical High Energy Laser (THEL)”, there is a sequence showing a rocket intercept demonstration , with a schematic diagram.

image credit: Defense Update

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