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Marines Developing JLTV Air-Defense System Armed with Laser Weapon | Military.com

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The Marine Corps is putting together a new, mobile air-defense weapon system that’s mounted on a Joint Light Tactical Vehicle and could be armed with lasers to bring down enemy threats from above.

Marine Lt. Gen. Robert Walsh, deputy commandant for combat development and integration, talked about the Ground Based Air Defense Future Weapon System at a hearing Tuesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee’s subcommittee on seapower.

Lawmakers are worried that the U.S. military’s ground forces do not have modern air-defense systems capable of defeating aerial threats from adversaries such as Russia and China.

“Ground forces have not experienced enemy [air] attacks since the Korean War; however, I am concerned that manned and unmanned aircraft, rockets, artillery and missiles pose an increasing danger to Marine units and installations worldwide,” said subcommittee chair Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Mississippi. “The Marine Corps has not updated its air-defense capability since the early 1990s.”

Source: Marines Developing JLTV Air-Defense System Armed with Laser Weapon | Military.com

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