The Mobile Tactical High Energy Laser (MTHEL) is a weapons system that “uses directed energy (laser beam) to intercept aerial targets such as rockets, missiles, artillery shells and other aerial threats.” Video after the jump.

The target destruction is achieved by projecting a highly focused, high-power laser beam, delivered by a chemical laser, with enough energy to affect the target, and explode it in midair

[via Defense-Update]



MTHEL is a development of the mobile version of the Tactical High Energy Laser (THEL) testbed weapon, developed by Northrop Grumman under a US Army contract. The program was expected to provide a completed prototype by 2007. By January 2006 the THEL/Nautilus program was shelved due to lack of budget. However, In July 2006, Northrop Grumman unveiled the Skygoard laser based C-RAM/air defense system, designed to protect civilian and deployed military forces