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US Military Will Install Laser Turrets on Bombers and Fighter Jets

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It was science fiction before, but now it's really happening, Young Skywalker: The US Navy and Air Force are going to install liquid-cooled, solid-state lasers in combat airplanes. Laser turrets designed to defend the planes by shooting incoming threats like surface-to-air missiles and rockets. Seriously. The above is an official concept image by DARPA, but integration is happening this year, with real firing tests coming in 2014. (gizmodo.com) More...

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WALLACE24
WALLACE24 6
They will put them on airliners so they can return fire on morons pointing lasers at them. lol
joelwiley
joel wiley 3
Downside is they'll require L-ion batteries.
HunterTS4
Toby Sharp 1
for real?
conradbooze
conrad booze 1
IT's over due

stanley7897
Stanley Morison 1
How to defend from lasers..... mirror.... i don't see this going anywhere
TorontoJeff
Jeff Phipps 1
Call me a cynic but I don't see this being a viable and deployed technology for at least another decade.