Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
Also Known As: Ground-Based Air Defense Directed Energy On-the-Move
Origin: United States of America
Parent System: GBAD
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2016
Total Production: ?
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Description: The United States Marine Corps (USMC) Ground-Based Air Defense Directed Energy On-the-Move program, also known as GBAD, is a mobile laser weapon installed on a Humvee light tactical vehicle and the future Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV). The GBAD program aims to provide an affordable alternative to traditional firepower to keep enemy unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from tracking and targeting Marines on the ground. The system consists of the laser itself, beam director, batteries, radar, advanced cooling, and communications and command and control subsystems. The USMC awarded the GBAD development contract in June 2014 with the first field testing scheduled for 2016. Initial testing of the laser weapon system in late 2014 is slated with a 10kW laser but it will transition to a 30kW laser system by 2016. Testing will envision a wide range of scenarios including firing while on-the-move.
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