Military Laser Hits Battlefield Strength
Huge news for real-life ray guns: Electric lasers have hit battlefield strength for the first time — paving the way for energy weapons to go to war.
Noah Shachtman - March 18, 2009
In recent test-blasts, Pentagon-researchers at Northrop Grumman managed to get its 105 kilowatts of power out of their laser — past the “100kW threshold
[that] has been viewed traditionally as a proof of principle for ‘weapons
grade’ power levels for high-energy lasers,” Northrop’s vice president
of directed energy systems, Dan Wildt, said in a statement.
That much power won’t get you a Star Wars-style blaster. But it should be more than enough to zap the mortars and rockets that insurgents have used to pound American bases in Iraq and Afghanistan.