Boeing Laser Avenger neutralizes IEDs

Posted by Aharon Etengoff

The Boeing Company has developed a laser system capable of destroying improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

During a recent test, the truck-mounted Laser Avenger successfully neutralized multiple IEDs, including large-caliber artillery munitions, smaller bomblets and mortar rounds.

"Improvised explosive devices continue to threaten US troops deployed in war zones, and Laser Avenger provides the ultra-precision, stand-off capability our warfighters need today to safely neutralize those threats," explained Boeing spokesperson Gary Fitzmire.

"In addition, the Laser Avenger's versatility makes it useful in a wide range of battlefield conditions."

According to Fitzmire, the Laser Avenger previously tracked and downed three UAVs flying against a "complex background" of mountains and desert.

"Small UAVs armed with explosives or equipped with surveillance sensors are a growing threat on the battlefield. Laser Avenger, unlike a conventional weapon, can fire its laser beam without creating missile exhaust or gun flashes that would reveal its position," added Fitzmire.

The formidable Laser Avenger operates by integrating a directed energy weapon with a kinetic air defense system developed by Boeing Combat Systems in Huntsville, Ala.