U.S. Army soldiers from the 8th Field Artillery Regiment have tested a new laser targeting system at the Cold Regions Test Center in Alaska.
The service branch said Thursday the Joint Effects Targeting System Target Laser Designation System helped forward observation teams detect, identify and recognize targets within a tactical environment.
JETS-TLDS consists of a hand-held target location module, precision azimuth, vertical angle module and a laser marker module.
The Army noted that the JETS-TLDS platform will also offer 24/7 all-weather precision targeting and target-acquisition services in support of the service branch’s dismounted operations.
Lt. Col. Michael Frank, project manager at the service branch’s Soldier Sensors and Lasers unit, said that the operational tests help Army leaders collect input from soldiers to aid decision making activities for the technology’s full rate production.
Staff Sgt. Timothy Phillips, a research, development, test and evaluation non-commissioned officer from the Army Operational Test Command’s fires test directorate, said that the JETS-TLDS test also helped ensure the platform’s capacity to support soldier training and operations.