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Senior Researcher Craig Robin Talks Army Laser Weapon Devt Efforts

Craig Robin, senior research scientist for directed energy applications at the U.S. Army‘s Space and Missile Defense Command, has said that the command seeks ways to use high energy lasers to disrupt targets such as unmanned aircraft, rockets, artillery and mortar, C4ISRNET reported Monday.

Robin told the publication that there is “an overall effort” to integrate laser technology into the Army’s existing command and control architecture, even though there is no specific program focused on the initiative.

He added that the Army aims to use laser weapons to boost safety in the battlefield and engage targets “at the speed of light.”

Robin noted that a high energy laser could also become a source of intelligence since one of its components can serve as a telescope.

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