Thomas Webber: Army Sets Tech Focus on High-Energy Laser, Smallsats, Hypersonic Weapons

Thomas Webber, director of the U.S. Army's Space and Missile Defense Command Technical Center, has disclosed that the organization is focusing its technological efforts on high-energy lasers, small satellites and hypersonic weapons, Defense News reported Thursday.

Webber said during a presentation at the Association of the U.S. Army’s annual meeting that the center has started assessing various electric lasers as part of a broader effort to develop a weapon that can be installed on a small tactical truck and used to launch a non-kinetic attack.

SMDC is also prioritizing research on small satellites, which the Army believes can speed up the transmission of data in the battlefield.

“We’re trying to figure out a way in which we can use [low-Earth orbit] space … to basically provide much more global situational awareness coverage,” Webber noted.

Lastly, SMDC is studying how to control hypersonic missiles to develop the technology and deliver it to warfighters.

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