PILOTS BEGIN LASER TRAINING

Pilots at New Mexico's Kirtland Air Force Base don't have planes equipped with ray guns -- yet. But they'll soon have a new, F-16 simulator, to help them practice for the day that they do."The F-16 model is a smaller version of the airborne laser weapon already under development for use on a Boeing 747 for shooting down missiles," says the Albuquerque Tribune. "It could be ready for use in 2012, but before that happens, pilots will test the system in the simulator to see how useful it is and suggest ways it could be improved to help them in combat."

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