US wants more 50 kW lasers for Stryker armored fighting vehicles

WASHINGTON – The US Army’s Stryker A1 8×8 armored vehicles will most likely have an additional supply of 50-kilowatt high-energy laser weapons to be mounted on the tower of armored ground vehicles, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing Military & Aerospace Electronics.

US wants more 50 kW lasers for Stryker armored fighting vehicles
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The contract is for approximately $ 124 million and its implementation begins immediately. The three 50-kilowatt lasers are expected to be mounted on the Stryker between 2023 and 2024. The contractors are Redstone, Alabama-based Kord Technologies, and McKinney, Texas-based Raytheon, with Kord as the leading manufacturer. According to the contract, this company must ensure the management of the power supply of the powerful laser weapons, their integration, and the cooling system.

The order of these three new high-energy lasers brings the US Army closer to the coveted goal, namely the integration into the US Infantry Battalion of four Stryker with laser systems. This year, the US military announced a successful evaluation of the laser weapon system.

Kord has a tradition of developing and integrating high-energy laser weapon systems. The one that will be mounted on Stryker towers has the main purpose of counteracting enemy drones. Tests over the years have shown that the Kord laser can provide new US tactical capabilities on the battlefield, and the joint partnership between Kord and other leading companies in the field outlines the possibility of new laser systems shortly.

What is Kord’s high-energy laser weapon system? This system belongs to the DE M-SHORAD class or short-range laser. As already mentioned, its power is 50 kW and is mounted on the tower of Stryker 8×8. The Stryker 8×8 is powered by a gas engine, which is also involved in powering the laser batteries as well as cooling them. The main purpose of the infantry fighting vehicle is to protect combat divisions from air threats from drones, as well as missiles or other types of artillery shelling.

Laser manufacturers claim that the system has enough power to stand up and deal with multiple air attacks before recharging the batteries. Neither the manufacturer nor the US military has commented on the number of airstrikes and the period of active operation of the high-energy laser.

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