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Army Rdt&E Budget Item Justification (R2 Exhibit)

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Title: Army Rdt&E Budget Item Justification (R2 Exhibit)  
Author: Department of Defense
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Language: English
Subject: Military, Armed Forces., National defense.
Collections: Military and Armed Forces Library Collection
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Defense, D. O. (n.d.). Army Rdt&E Budget Item Justification (R2 Exhibit). Retrieved from http://hawaiilibrary.net/


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Excerpt: A. Mission Description and Budget Item Justification. The High Energy Laser Systems Test Facility (HELSTF) provides a one-of-a-kind, broad based high energy laser (HEL) test and evaluation capability which directly supports testing of laser variants of the Future Combat Systems (FCS). Specifically, HEL weapons will be part of the Extended Area Air Defense (EAAD) system, a key component of the Future Force supporting Full Dimensional Protection. Candidate HEL programs include Mobile Tactical High Energy Laser (MTHEL) and Solid State Heat Capacity Laser (SSHCL). HELSTF is part of the D.O.D. Major Range and Test Facility Base (MRTFB) and supports Tri- Service HEL research and development and damage, vulnerability, propagation, and lethality laser testing as wekk as HEL weapon developmental and operational test and evaluation (DTE&OTE). The HELSTF’s laser development support capabilities include an open-air HEL test range, a fully integrated laser support facility, an extensive array of fully instrumented test sites, full laser meteorological support, and an approved site for above-the-horizon dynamic HEL testing certified for predictive avoidance by the Laser Clearing House. HELSTF’s location on White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) provides unparalleled testing flexibility because of WSMR’s 32¬¬ square miles of controlled land mass and 7¬¬¬ square miles of controlled airspace. Additionally, WSMR has a wide variety of radar and optics facilities and HEL testing expertise that can support testing at HELSTF. HELSTF facilities include the Sea Lite Beam Director (SLBD), the Mid-Infrared Advanced Chemical Laser (MIRACL), the Large Vacuum Chamber (LVC) with associated Vacuum Test System (VTS), the Laser Device Demonstration (LDD), the 1¬KW SSHCL testbed, the MTHEL static test site, and the Low Power Chemical Laser (LPCL). HELSTF supports the Pulsed Laser Vulnerability Test System and the MTHEL testbed system. This multiple use facility supports testing of laser effects for targets ranging from material coupon testing up through full-scale static and dynamic targets, explosive targets, and testing of targets in a simulated space environment. HELSTF has embarked on its own modernization to fully upgrade its mission control systems, develop state-of-the-art HEL diagnostic capabilities, data reduction, and a mobile HEL diagnostic test suite to support DTE and OTE for potential HEL weapons in the Army Future Force in all relevant combat environments. HELSTF will also develop a digitized scene generation capability, distributed training and testing capability, a live/virtual constructive test environment and open-architecture data links as part of the Army 21st Century Range. Another major upgrade will include a HEL System of Systems Testbed. This capability is critical for DTE and OTE since modern HEL weapons will be software driven to accommodate mass indirect fire raids. HELSTF plans further include a tactical-power level transportable work-horse laser testbed, to operate at a variety of HEL weapon lasing wavelengths. This modernization will create a more efficient and versatile HEL T&E facility, which will also benefit the development and testing of other Service materiel solutions using HEL technologies.

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