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HEMTT Gets Teeth

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posted on Oct, 11 2008 @ 09:50 AM
We all know the HEMTT as the US Military's "big rig," but it looks like we will be using all that towing capacity to mount some fairly large weapons.

The Phalanx:

Raytheon and Oshkosh have teamed up to build a prototype defensive system by placing a rapid-fire, area-defense Phalanx gun on the back of a diesel-electric, 14-ton Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT).

The Phalanx weighs 7 tons and fires 4500 20mm tungsten rounds per minute to destroy missles and indirect fire weapons in flight.

Raytheon, Oshkosh to Mount Phalanx on HEMTT

The Nonlethal Heat Beam:

"The active denial system will go on an armored ruggedized HEMTT," said Miller. The active denial system is a millimeter-wave heat beam designed to deter targets with heat without causing injury, Raytheon officials said. The idea is to create an intense heat effect sufficient to scatter or deter a target without having to use lethal force.

The article doesn't give a model number or contract to explain what exactly the heat beam is, other than it uses a lot of electricity and makes things hot.

Nonlethal Heat Beam to Be Mounted on HEMTT

Opinions? Why the seemingly sudden interest in mobile area defense weapons?

[edit on 11-10-2008 by WhiteOneActual]

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