Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Practical Laser Weapons by the End of the Year

Practical laser weapons could be ready the end of the year. The move away from chemical powered lasers and to solid state electric laser appears to be paying off in spades.


"Defense contractor Northrop Grumman is promising the Pentagon that it'll have weapons-grade electric lasers by the end of 2008. Which means honest-to-goodness energy weapons might actually become a military reality, after decades of fruitless searching.

...Now Northrop is promising to hit what's widely considered to be the threshold for military-strength beams: 100 kilowatts. With that much energy, lasers should be able to knock mortars and rockets out of the sky.

Northrop's system combines a bunch of smaller lasers into a bigger one -- Death Star-style, sorta.

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