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Tactical High Energy Laser Beam Director Photo
Northrop Grumman, prime contractor for the U.S.
Army's Tactical High Energy Laser/Advanced Concept
Technology Demonstrator (THEL/ACTD) program, has
successfully completed integration and functional
testing of the first THEL/ACTD fire unit at the
Army's High Energy Laser Systems Test Facility
(HELSTF), White Sands Missile Range, N.M. The
THEL/ACTD beam director, shown in the photo, is
the key optical component of the THEL/ACTD pointer
tracker subsystem. It is used to direct the
THEL/ACTD high-energy laser beam to its target.
Northrop Grumman leads a team of U.S. and Israeli
contractors that is developing THEL/ACTD for the
U.S. Army Space & Missile Defense Command,
Huntsville, Ala. The laser-based air defense
system is designed to protect civilians and
military assets against attack by short-range
terrorist threats such as Katyusha rockets.