During the series of tests at the High Energy Laser System Test Facility at White Sands Missile Range, the Demonstrator Laser Weapon System (DLWS) (Figure 1), acting as a ground-based test surrogate for the SHiELD system, was able to engage and shoot down several air launched missiles in flight. The demonstration is an important step of the SHiELD system development, by validating laser effectiveness against the target missiles. The final SHiELD system, however, will be much smaller and lighter, as well as ruggedized for an airborne environment.
SHiELD also not the only laser technology that’s in testing by the US military — the US Army tested a system mounted on an AH-64 Apache attack helicopter last summer, and the US Navy is working with Lockheed Martin on its own systems to install on warships.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has supervised a test-firing of a new tactical guided weapon, calling its development an „event of very weighty significance“ in beefing up its military power, state media reported Thursday.
The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said the test happened Wednesday but did not specify what the newly developed weapon was.
Nordkoreas Machthaber Kim Jong-un hat dem Test einer neuen taktischen Lenkwaffe beigewohnt.
Kim habe den Test der Waffe durch die Akademie für Verteidigungswissenschaft am Mittwoch überwacht, berichtete Nordkoreas staatliche Nachrichtenagentur KCNA am Donnerstag.