LASTEC Conducts Field Trials of Experimental Laser System
The Laser Science & Technology
Centre (LASTEC), Delhi, successfully conducted outdoor trials
of experimental laser system for electro-optic countermeasure role, on 3 February
2000. Dr VK Aatre SA to RM, witnessed the trials conducted for the first time in the
country. The system has a high energy laser source and sophisticated beam delivery
mechanism. It is equipped with a CCD camera-based preliminary pointing system for
initial acquisition of the target and a high repetition rate auxiliary laser-based
automatic precise pointing system for focusing the high energy beam onto the target.
The auxiliary laser not only ranges the target but also images the glint reflection
from optical targets for determining the location of its centre of mass. Thereafter,
high energy laser beam is delivered onto the target for permanent damage of
front-end optics of electro-optic device of stationary/slow moving targets. An
indigenously developed threshold laser detector was also used for the trials.