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The Mobile Tactical High Energy Laser (MTHEL) was designed to counter short-range missiles, rockets, aircraft and artillery shells in defense of tactical and strategic targets. Originally conceived as a stationary system (THEL), development then focused on a mobile version. MTHEL was a development of the earlier Nautilus program, originally tested in 1996, which used the MIRACL (mid-infrared advanced chemical laser) system. The MTHEL shared some common development with the...

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