Friday, March 20, 2009

Battlefield Laser Approaches Operational Capability

Nope. You won't be able to blast Boba Fett anytime soon, but Pentagon-researchers at Northrop Grumman are breaking barriers.

"The battlefield-strength breakthrough is just one part in a larger military push to finally make laser weapons a reality, after decades of unfulfilled promises. The Army recently gave Boeing a $36 million contract to build a laser-equipped truck. Raytheon is set to start test-firing a mortar-zapper of its own. Darpa is funding a 150 kilowatt laser project that is meant to be fitted onto "tactical aircraft."

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