This new system is portable and packs up into four large plastic boxes. It can be run on a generator and takes about two cups (473 millimeters) of diesel fuel to power.
The beam director on Boeing's Silent Strike is responsible for aiming the 2-kilowatt laser.
DeYoung said that Boeing is collecting feedback from the U.S. Department of Defense and incorporating it into further iterations of the prototype, but wouldn't reveal the commercialization timeline. The previous generation of the laser system took about two years to develop.
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