MISSILES WAIT TO KILLMissiles bring to mind instant carnage. Press a button, and moments later, the weapon has struck. But the Pentagon is now developing a missile that can hang around a battlefield for 45 minutes until it attacks.According to the Associated Press, the 100-pound loitering attack missile (LAM) sprouts wings and fins, flies to a map coordinate, and then wanders above the area, where it directs a laser radar (LADAR) seeker to search the ground for a target to destroy. If one is found, the missile should be enough to take out anything less than a tank, StrategyPage says. If not, the LAM crashes to the ground.The weapon, funded by DARPA, has been tested once, in November. Additional tryouts are scheduled for later in the year.
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