THE prospect of terrifying aerial battles fought by jets equipped with high-tech laser weapons has moved a step closer after the US Air Force confirmed plans to a fighter-jet configured laser pod from the ground.
The test, which will send an unmistakable signal to Russia and China, is a key step towards the USAF’s goal of being able to fire lasers from aircraft on combat missions – with military chiefs hoping having aircraft and fighter jet-fired lasers in operation by the early 2020s. Eva Blaylock, spokeswoman for the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), told the US-based Warrior Maven website: “Laser weapons offer warfighters opportunities for quick and precise target engagement, flexibility and lighter and more responsive support logistics. Laser weapons can be used to launch precision, light-speed attacks, and can also be scaled up or down in intensity to cause minor damage or total destruction, depending on the situation, Ms Blaylock explained
Scalablilty is usually achieved by merging several beams into one, Ms Blaylock said.
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