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Avenger IED Destroying Laser Tested

2 December 2009

The US Army, in cooperation with Boeing, has successfully tested a laser system mounted on an Avenger combat vehicle, which neutralised 50 improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

During the test, the Laser Avenger destroyed several types of IEDs, including large-calibre artillery munitions and smaller bomblets and mortar rounds.

The system operates at a safe distance from the target and can fire from different angles and ranges.

The system enables soldiers to remain in the armoured vehicles and continue their mission while it automatically destroys IEDs.

The Laser Avenger uses two Stinger missile launchers and a heavy machine gun, with one missile pod for laser and its target tracker.

The test conducted by Boeing and the Army Program Executive Office for Missiles and Space is sponsored by the US Defense Department's Joint IED Defeat Organization (JIEDDO).