Sci-fi authors and gamers have long imagined this day, and now it has come: The U.S. military is developing a laser weapon to shoot enemy drones out of the sky.
The Navy has already developed such a weapon that it plans to deploy on a ship later this summer. The Office of Naval Research (ONR), based in Arlington, Virginia, announced this week that they are now interested in developing a similarlaser weapon for ground vehicles.
The somewhat ominously named GBAD program (short for Ground-Based Air Defense Directed Energy On-the-Move) aims to provide “an affordable alternative to traditional firepower” to guard against unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that could track or target U.S. Marines on the ground, ONR officials said.
The Latest on: Laser Weapons
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The Latest on: Laser Weapons
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- US Navy to Install Laser Weapon on Littoral Combat Shipon January 15, 2020 at 4:13 pm
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- The Navy’s Smallest Warship Gets a Big Laser Gunon January 14, 2020 at 2:27 pm
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- China Is Developing an Airborne Laser Weaponon January 14, 2020 at 12:28 am
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