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Ray Guns and Laser Weapon Technology
March 24, 2017
Battle Lasers! US, Russia, China Develop Brighter Beams for Blasting Enemies
Moscow (Sputnik) Mar 21, 2017
2017 has already seen a spate of bold statements by Russia and US officials about the development and testing of laser weapons in their countries; earlier this week, the US announced that it is preparing to test a new high-powered laser weapon which can be mounted on army trucks. On March 16, Lockheed Martin said that its new solid-state fiber laser can slice through targets with a record-breaking 58 kilowatts of direct power, and that in a matter of months it will deliver its High Energy Laser Mo ... read more

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U.S. Air Force issues RFP for aircraft laser weapons
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