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Laser beam: Lockheed Martin to design high-energy laser weapon system for US jets – TomoNews

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BETHESDA, MARYLAND — The U.S. is finally taking a page from Star Wars and is now looking to equip its fighter planes with high-energy lasers.

CNBC reports that Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $26.3 million contract to design, develop, and build a high-energy laser weapon for the U.S. Air Force’s SHiELD program.

The company delivered a 60-kilowatt laser for U.S. Army ground vehicles early this year, and will produce a smaller system to test on tactical aircraft by 2021.

Airborne laser weapons can defend against threats from enemy missiles, boosting the self-defense capabilities of military jets.

The Lockheed Martin laser is one of three subsystems that make up the SHiELD program. A beam control system is being developed by Northrop Grumman, while a pod to power and cool the laser is being designed by Boeing.
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30 Comments

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    Nabo00o
    November 10, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    they need to attach the lasers to trained sharks, like a maritime sea dog

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    November 10, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    Ah, the future.

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    ANIME BOOK
    November 10, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    STAR WARS U.S. F-35 VS RUSSIAN S-500 AND NORTH KOREA S-400
    WIN LIKE 👍 U.S.
    DISLIKE RUSSIAN & NORTH KOREA

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    Roan Postich
    November 10, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    Totally fake 🙁

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    Ghost Type
    November 10, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    Hey, My father works for Lockheed Martin!

  • Reply
    Philipdang214
    November 10, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    Old news

  • Reply
    AHMAD HASAN
    November 10, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    wow that wierd

  • Reply
    Glaze Bruny
    November 10, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    Wazer's is kewl.

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    hummer 669
    November 10, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    We have just completed are mach 10 supersonic missiles so I'm happy cause Russia juts got done with there 16 warhead supersonic nuclear missile

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    DampySenpai :D
    November 10, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    When you choose Dps over burst Dmg.

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    Solution Bodhie
    November 10, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    sounds like starwars

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    MISHKA ARTICLE ABOUT FOX
    November 10, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    Fuck how are we supposed to start a revolution and overthrow the government if they have all this shit

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    American Not American't
    November 10, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    Make the U.S stronger 💪

  • Reply
    Sam Smith
    November 10, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    Less ammo.

  • Reply
    William Brennan
    November 10, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    Nice

  • Reply
    H Eck
    November 10, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    Radical Islamic savages are fucked

  • Reply
    Andy
    November 10, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    3 major companies for 1 weapon dam

  • Reply
    Centro Fan
    November 10, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    Star Wars stuff i guess

  • Reply
    Moose Lips
    November 10, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    russians are mad

  • Reply
    Cowbob Ranchpants Sir Eatsalot
    November 10, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    star wars now

  • Reply
    Tekken Kagamine
    November 10, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    That needs alot of energy

  • Reply
    Clueless Wisdom
    November 10, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    "Hard Light"

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    l j
    November 10, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    Why is the TomoNews logo always censored?

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    Goku VII
    November 10, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    everything is getting bad some day there will be small bomb that can destroy the world!!! :C

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    Ghastly St. Paul
    November 10, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    They were testing these weapons in northern Cali..

  • Reply
    Jbert_113
    November 10, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    Pew pew

  • Reply
    Jeveonte Campbell
    November 10, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    Hi

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    Alfonso Fernandez
    November 10, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    You gotta love the military industrial complex!

  • Reply
    Darkening 19
    November 10, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    First

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    Wilczek
    November 10, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    Good.

    We can just use this lazer from moon and then to north korea

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