South Korean defense contractor Hanwha Defense is currently developing a new vehicle-mounted futuristic weapon system.
The new system, called the Laser System for Explosive Disposal or LSED, is designed to neutralize surface landmines and unexploded ordnance.
LSED will use a solid-state heat capacity laser beam to heat target ordnance to the point of causing the explosive filler to ignite and start to burn. The resulting neutralization causes a low-level explosion that minimizes collateral damage. In addition with the LSED system the counter IED personnel do not need to leave the vehicle and expose themselves to sniper fire.
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Hanwha Defense is creating a prototype of a new laser system led by the Agency for Defense Development (ADD).
Hanwha Defense, a defense solutions unit under South Korean conglomerate Hanwha Group, is South Korea’s leading defense company.
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