Fighter aircraft with deadly 'laser weaponry' come closer to reality
The US military technology developer, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), is working on two new plans to make laser weaponry a reality, a report has said.
DARPA's answer to increasingly sophisticated surface-to-air threats is the High Energy Liquid Laser Area Defense System (HELLADS), the liquid cooled lasers that would be mounted on turrets on combat airplanes to shoot down incoming rockets or missiles.
According to CBS News, DARPA's description of HELLADS also mentioned "additional capability for offensive missions as well, adding precise targeting with low probability of collateral damage."
DARPA said that HELLADS would be 'ten times smaller and lighter than current lasers of similar power.'
According to the report, the second project DARPA is working on is Aero-Adaptive/Aero-Optic Beam Control (ABC), the lasers that are designed to shoot backwards, the direction that most oncoming missiles come from.
This system is more defensive than HELLADS, the report said.