|MZA Posts HBDS Testing Video|
MZA Associates Corporation has posted a video that summarizes the results of tests of the High Energy Fiber Laser (HEFL) Helicopter Beam Director Subsystem (HBDS) performed at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Environmental Laser Test Facility (ELTF). The video shows line-of-sight stabilization and moving target tracking tests. MZA is prime contractor for the design and development of the HBDS which has demonstrated precision line-of-sight stabilization and tracking in the harsh vibration environment of the Navy's MH60-S helicopter. The HBDS is the most recent instantiation of MZA's Othela beam directors that use state-of-the-art optical architectures and composite materials to establish the world's most compact and lightweight beam directors for high energy laser weapons applications.
The video can be found on YouTube here.
The development of the HEFL HBDS is sponsored by the Office of Naval Research. A summary of the program can be found here.
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