The U.S. Military Just Attached a Laser Weapon to an Apache Gunship
The thrust of the U.S. military’s laser weapon tests have focused on the sea, on land and aboard fixed-wing aircraft. You need a lot of power to generate a beam capable of burning through a target, which limits where you can stick a laser. But they can work on helicopters,... Read more
Here’s One Idea How to Defend Ships From Ballistic Missiles
The U.S. Navy has been in discussions with shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls about the possibility of building a missile defense variant of the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock (LPD-17). The new vessel could eventually be equipped with new radars, railguns and lasers. The massive 25,000-ton troop carrier has the size... Read more
Everything the U.S. Navy Wants Its Laser Warships to Do
A new U.S. Navy large surface combatant might feature futuristic weapons that, until now, have been the province of science fiction. According to a recent interview with a top naval official, the Navy envisions that its next-generation large surface combatant — or destroyer-cruise-size — ships might be armed with... Read more
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