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Ray Guns and Laser Weapon Technology
June 23, 2017
Missile Defense Agency seeks laser-armed drone
Washington (UPI) Jun 14, 2017
The Missile Defense Agency is looking into acquiring and deploying a laser-armed drone to intercept and shoot down intercontinental ballistic missiles. The MDA Advanced Technology Directorate has said it needs a high-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle with sufficient payload capacity to carry a high-energy laser. It would be designed to intercept ICBMs during their boost phase. It has not ruled out a manned platform as well. The solicitation on the Federal Business Opportuni ... read more

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Laser weapons edge toward use in US military
A sci-fi staple for decades, laser weapons are finally becoming reality in the US military, albeit with capabilities a little less dramatic than at the movies. ... more
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Researchers create Star Wars 'superlaser' in the lab
Scientists at Macquarie University have developed a laser similar to the sci-fi superlaser used by the Death Star in Star Wars. A superlaser combines the multiple laser beams into a single beam. ... more
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U.S. Air Force buys additional laser materials
UES Inc. received a $48.7 million contract from the U.S. Air Force to research and develop laser materials. ... more
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Where does laser energy go after being fired into plasma?
An outstanding conundrum on what happens to the laser energy after beams are fired into plasma has been solved in newly-published research at the University of Strathclyde. The study discovered that ... more
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Scientists find out where laser energy goes when a beam is fired into plasma
Researchers in Scotland have figured out what happens to laser energy when a beam is fired into plasma. ... more
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German scientists focus radiation of 10,000 suns with new light array
Researchers in Germany are trying to use a massive light array to generate clean energy. This week, the scientists switched on their Synlight experiment, a collection of 149 film projector spotlights on steroids. ... more
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Battle Lasers! US, Russia, China Develop Brighter Beams for Blasting Enemies
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 prep ... more
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U.S. Army demos laser weapon with Stryker vehicle
U.S. Army personnel demonstrated combat capabilities using a Stryker armored vehicle integrated with a MEHEL laser weapon. ... more

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Lockheed Martin designs future U.S. Army laser vehicle
Lockheed Martin has completed its designs, development and demonstrations for a 60 kW-class laser defense system to be delivered to the U.S. Army. ... more
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Inside China's High-Tech Space-Based Laser Arsenal
In an effort to counteract a network of US navigation, intelligence, and communication satellites capable of unmatched precision strikes, China is developing its own arsenal of electromagnetic railg ... more
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Directed energy atmospheric lens could revolutionise future battlefields
Within the next fifty years, scientists at BAE Systems believe that battlefield commanders could deploy a new type of directed energy laser and lens system, called a Laser Developed Atmospheric Lens ... more
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U.S. Air Force issues RFP for aircraft laser weapons
The U.S. Air Force has issued a request for proposal to develop laser protection systems for its fleet of tactical fighter aircraft. ... more
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U.K. Defense Ministry finalizes laser weapon system contract
Britain's Ministry of Defense has awarded MBDA and other industry partners a $36 million contract to produce a Laser Directed Energy Weapon demonstrator. ... more
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Northrop Grumman to develop next-gen fighter laser system
Northrop Grumman will help the U.S. Air Force to develop a directed energy laser system that will offer self-protection for the service's next-generation jets, the company announced Wednesday. ... more
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UK to start laser gun program
The United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence (MoD) is finalising the agreement of a Pounds 30M contract with UK DRAGONFIRE, an UK industrial team led by MBDA, to conduct the Laser Directed Energy Weapo ... more
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Russia's Ray Guns: The Military Capability of Moscow's Secret Laser Weapons
Russia's Defense Ministry has revealed that the military has commissioned several new types of laser weaponry, without further elaborating on any specifics of the systems. However, RIA Novosti spoke ... more

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US Navy keeps electromagnetic cannon in its sights
The US Navy is quietly pushing ahead with a radical new cannon that one day could transform how wars are fought, even though some Pentagon officials have voiced concerns over its cost and viability. ... more
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US Army Hopes to Have Laser Weapons on the Battlefield by 2024
With an eye to its future wars, the US military is testing laser weapons, to perfect the latest in energy-based artillery. The Pentagon has been developing laser weapons for years, hoping that the t ... more
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High-energy laser effector tested on German warship
Rheinmetall and the German armed forces have completed a recent test of their high-energy laser effector on a German warship. ... more
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Northrop Grumman to produce shipboard laser weapon system
The U.S. Navy has selected Northrop Grumman to design and produce a ship-based Laser Weapon System Demonstrator. ... more
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US Navy orders trial solid state laser model
The US Navy has awarded a $53.1 million contract for a cutting edge solid state laser (SSL) weapons demonstrator, or prototype, Northrop Grumman Space and Mission Systems Corporation announced in a ... more
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Lockheed Martin develops laser weapon turret for aircraft
Lockheed Martin is developing a laser weapon turret for aircraft that will allow the weapon to be fired in any direction. ... more
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Lockheeed building high-power laser
A modular, high-power laser is being built for use from a U.S. Army vehicle by Lockheed Martin. ... more
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All I Want for Christmas is a Laser Gunship: US Air Force General
The head of US Air Force Special Operations Command has told manufacturers of military aeronautics that he wants to see airborne laser weapon capability by the end of the decade. The head of U ... more
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