Sen. Martin Heinrich said at the current pace of testing, a laser weapon for the AC-130 would not be operational until 2030.
Lasers and Directed Energy
If one service has made sufficient progress to use laser weapons in its arsenal in the next few years, it's the U.S. Navy.
The funny-looking vehicle promises to give maneuver formations defense against drones.
It's a "watershed moment" in the Navy's decades-long effort to develop laser weapons for surface warships.
The nation needs directed-energy weapons to take out enemy missiles on launch, the head of StratCom says.
Laser-armed drones are one step closer to becoming a reality.
The SHiELD seeks to equip supersonic warplanes with defensive lasers mounted in external pods.
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