The Register is reporting that Boeing has succefully demonstrated it’s HUMVEE Laser Avenger system, which, according to the article ‘is a gyrostabilised automatic turret from Boeing’s
existing Avenger air-defence system. Avenger normally packs Stinger
missiles and/or a .50-cal heavy machine gun, but this year Boeing has
fitted it out with a 1 kilowatt solid state laser’.

It could be useful in destroying unexploded ordinance or IEDs from a distance, however real combat applications would need a higher powered system.

Perhaps this is just a stepping stone in Boeing’s long-term plans?

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