US Air Force Planes Soon To Have Star War Type Laser Guns
US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to soon equip the US Air Force planes with star war type laser guns. AFRL said it will be demonstrating the technology by as early as 2020.
Presently, the larger aircrafts are able to carry laser weapons fit for their size. But developing effective and usable laser technology for the smaller planes used during wars is full of challenges.
The laser weapons developed for smaller fighter jets need to be accurate and effective when travelling at supersonic speeds.
Kelly Hammett, chief engineer for the AFRL’s Directed Energy Directorate, said that he hopes that the problems being faced by today’s scientists for developing laser weapons will soon be overcome by the end of this decade.
“It really is a national tipping point. We see the technology evolving and maturing to the stage where it really can be used”, said Hammett.
AFRL said it is also developing a laser shield for the aircrafts. Once, the technology is ready scientists hope it can destroy anything and everything that comes into its contact, and in this way it will protect the plane.
Further explaining the features of the laser weapons, AFRL said if in any situation a warplane is not able to lose a missile lock, the laser shield would serve as back-up protection.
AFRL, the American global aerospace, defense, security and advanced technologies giant Lockheed Martin, and DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), are working together to develop an effective laser shield turret.
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