Lockheed Martin awarded contract to arm US Navy destroyers with lasers

Lockheed Martin awarded contract to arm US Navy destroyers with lasers

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We are entering a new era of warfare, full of AI fuelled semi-autonomous weapons, hypersonic missiles and lasers.   The US military is increasingly ramping up its interest in, and spending on, new laser weapons, that will be positioned at forward operating bases, and on...

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The Pentagon is making lasers that create voices out of thin air

The Pentagon is making lasers that create voices out of thin air

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to use lasers to create sound opens up a weird array of new use cases, from crowd control to just plain being able to freak people out…   Within three years, the US Pentagon’s non-lethal weapons lab hopes to have a direct energy...

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The F-35 could be the first US aircraft to be outfitted with laser weapons

The F-35 could be the first US aircraft to be outfitted with laser weapons

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Laser weapons were once relegated to science fiction movies but soon they’ll come of age.   A press briefing in the Netherlands earlier this week for the F-35 has restarted the rumour mill that the F-35 will be one of the first US military platforms...

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Lockheed shoots drones out of the sky with it’s newest laser weapon

Lockheed shoots drones out of the sky with it’s newest laser weapon

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Laser weapons are coming of age and it won’t be long before they’re deployed on the battlefield, and that’s bad news for drones and drone fans   Remember when you were growing up and every sci fi film you watched, from James Bond to Star...

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British Aerospace unveils the world’s first laser deflector shield concept

British Aerospace unveils the world’s first laser deflector shield concept

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Plenty of companies are developing new laser and direct energy weapons systems but none have ever managed to create one, that might be about to change.   Deflector shields are the stuff of science fiction – whether it’s the rippling green shields that saw off...

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Drones are fighting back against laser attacks

Drones are fighting back against laser attacks

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Drones are seen by many military and terrorist organisations around the world as the new weapons platform of choice and working out new ways to destroy and disable them is a top priority but it’s a game of cat and mouse.   Back in 2014,...

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Lasers on fighter jets by 2020, the USAF and Northrop Grumman get cosy

Lasers on fighter jets by 2020, the USAF and Northrop Grumman get cosy

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF New threats, such as drone swarms and new hypersonic planes and missile systems, are increasingly testing America’s defensive capabilities, as a consequence the US Military are now pushing the development of laser and directed energy weapons to counter these new threats hard.   With new...

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US Army to equip its bases and vehicles with laser weapons by 2023

US Army to equip its bases and vehicles with laser weapons by 2023

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF They’re finally here, now we’re just waiting for the laser guns.   The US Army have announced that they are going to be going all in on laser and direct energy weapons and that they will be rolling them out to all of their Forward Operating...

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New era of hypersonic warfare forces the Pentagon to rethink its strategy

New era of hypersonic warfare forces the Pentagon to rethink its strategy

Experts around the world agree that we could be entering an era of Cold War 2.0, and that’s bad news Foreign states such as China and Russia are developing high-speed, highly manoeuvrable weapons and drones and the Pentagon and US Pacific Command want weapons to counter them said Doug Graham, Vice President of Missile Systems and Advanced Programs for...

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US defense contractors announce directed energy weapons are ready for prime time

US defense contractors announce directed energy weapons are ready for prime time

Directed energy weapons are coming of age For years, the Pentagon has pursued the dream of directed energy weapons, laser weapons, that could defeat a foes arsenal of weapons –  from small inflatable ribs and tanks to ICBM’s and hypersonic drones – for pennies when compared with the expensive multi...

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