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U.S. Air Force to test laser at fighter aircraft

U.S. Air Force to test laser at fighter aircraft March 24, 2018

The U.S. Air Force will this summer begin testing a laser that will be mounted on an F-15 warplane, according to French news agency Agence France-Presse.

The Pentagon last year awarded a $26 million contract to Lockheed Martin for a laser program called SHiELD (Self-protect High Energy Laser Demonstrator).

The idea is to put a laser system on aircraft with an output of about 50 kw to test their ability to zap drones or cruise missiles.

By focusing a beam on a target, the technology rapidly heats it up inside, causing it to crash or explode.

 

U.S. Air Force to test laser at fighter aircraft

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