The High Energy Laser Systems Test Facility (HELSTF) operates the nation´s most powerful laser in support of DoD laser research, development, test, and evaluation. HELSTF remains the only site capable of supporting a broad spectrum of directed energy technologies for the DoD, other government agencies, industry, and academia. With its infrastructure and isolated location, HELSTF is the ideal choice to host new laser technologies, such as free electron or advanced solid sate lasers. The Test Facility represents a multi-million investment in High Energy Laser research and includes the following capabilities:
Mid-Infrared Advanced Chemical Laser. Originally built by TRW, Inc., for the U.S. Navy, the Mid-Infrared Advanced Chemical Laser (MIRACL) has proved that chemical laser technology can be scaled to multi-megawatt power levels. After 15 years of operation, the MIRACL remains the highest power chemical laser in the Western Hemisphere.
Sea Lite Beam Director. A high-precision pointer-tracker system built by Hughes Aircraft Company for the U.S. Navy, the Sea Lite Beam Director provides the capability to track highly maneuverable tactical targets and destroy them with the MIRACL. The infrared optics on the beam director also serve as a high-resolution infrared imaging system that can record data from missile tests conducted at WSMR.
Pulsed Laser Vulnerability Test System. Operational since June 1992, the Pulsed Laser Vulnerability Test System is a surrogate laser device capable of duplicating many tactical laser threat systems.
Laser Demonstration Device. A 10-to-20-kilowatt mid-infrared chemical laser that provides low-cost laser test capability for customers who do not need the full power of the MIRACL.
Effects Test Area