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July 20, 2016
US Navy keeps electromagnetic cannon in its sights
Washington (AFP) June 25, 2016
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. Named the railgun, the weapon in question represents a paradigm shift in ballistic technology. Instead of using gunpowder and explosive charges to shoot a shell from its barrel, it employs vast amounts of electromagnetic energy to zoom a projectile along a set of copper-alloy rails. Thanks to four sm ... read 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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Boeing introduces portable laser weapon capable of destroying drones
Boeing this week introduced its Compact Laser Weapons System, a portable device capable of using an invisible laser to take down targets several hundreds of meters away. ... more
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US Missile Defense Agency Developing Laser Drone
The Pentagon's Missile Defense System is working on plans to develop a high-altitude, long-endurance drone armed with a compact, electrically powered laser capable of shooting down ballistic missile ... more
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Shedding Light on Untapped Information in Photons
Conventional optical imaging systems today largely limit themselves to the measurement of light intensity, providing two-dimensional renderings of three-dimensional scenes and ignoring significant a ... more
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HELLADS Laser Achieves Acceptance For Field Testing
DARPA's High-Energy Liquid Laser Area Defense System (HELLADS) has demonstrated sufficient laser power and beam quality to advance to a series of field tests. The achievement of government acc ... more
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HELLADS laser weapon to undergo field testing
A new laser from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is to undergo field tests after successfully demonstrating its laser power and beam quality. ... more
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Army produces laser weapon demonstrator
U.S. Army engineers have developed a laser weapon that has proved successful at destroying 60mm mortar rounds and unmanned aerial vehicles. ... more
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US Air Force to Equip Fighter Jets with Laser Weapons by 2022
If you were beginning to lose hope that futuristic laser weapons would ever become a reality - it's 2015, people! - then you may be in luck. The US Air Force is working on it, and could be attaching ... more
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Lockheed demos new high-power laser weapon
A 30-kilowatt fiber laser weapon system from Lockheed Martin successfully disabled a vehicle engine from a distance of more than one mile. ... more
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Boeing to improve laser beam weapon accuracy
A beam control system for enhanced accuracy of laser weapons on warships is to be designed and developed by Boeing under a U.S. Navy contract. ... more
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USS Ponce: Navy tests laser weapon in Persian Gulf
The U.S. Navy on Wednesday announced it successfully tested its first laser weapon aboard the USS Ponce in the Persian Gulf. ... more
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Northrop Grumman announces new Viper anti-missile laser
A new laser for use on all directed infrared counter-measure systems on military aircraft has been introduced by Northrop Grumman's Laser Systems business unit. ... more
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China unveils laser to shoot down low-flying drones: report
China has developed a highly accurate laser weapon system that can shoot down light drones at low altitude, state media reported. ... more
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Laser turret for fighter aircraft tested
An aircraft laser turret to expand the weapon's effectiveness on fighter aircraft has been flight tested by Lockheed Martin. ... more
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Laser weapon engages targets despite adverse weather conditions
A high-energy laser demonstrator from Boeing has successfully engaged numerous aerial targets in adverse weather conditions. ... more
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