US Army is working on a laser that can incinerate enemy drones
The US Army is working on a laser that can incinerate enemy drones, missiles and other threats that threaten mechanized units- and the thing runs at over 50 kilowatts.
Mounted on the Stryker eight-wheel vehicle that makes up a significant chunk of the American Army’s mechanized force, the 50kw laser could power several homes, but will instead swat helicopters, missiles and even mortar rounds out of the sky.
The units, which create too much vibration to be mounted on aircraft, are expected to see combat by 2022, and will up the Army’s air defense game- a branch that has suffered greatly from neglect in recent decades.
According to the Daily Mail, the concept of laser-Anti Aircraft (AA) has been in the making for over six decades, but technology is finally getting to the point where such dreams can become reality.
“The time is now to get directed energy weapons to the battlefield,” said Lieutenant General L. Neil Thurgood, Director of Hypersonics, Directed Energy, Space and Rapid Acquisition. “The Army recognises the need for directed energy lasers as part of the Army’s modernization plan. This is no longer a research effort or a demonstration effort. It is a strategic combat capability, and we are on the right path to get it in Soldiers’ hands.”
Around $203 million has been set aside for prototypes, with three companies currently working to make the weapon of the future a modern marvel.
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