Jets With Frickin’ Laser Beams

Lockheed Martin is developing a laser-based weapons system for fighter jets, which may be available in four years. SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!

Lockheed Martin is working to develop a high-power fiber laser for fighter jets. Under a $26.3 million contract from the Air Force Research Lab, the firm will design and produce a directed energy system for aircraft, with plans to test the technology by 2021.

The AFRL awarded the contract as part of its Self-protect High Energy Laser Demonstrator program. This program includes three subsystems, addressing beam control to direct a laser to the target, a pod mounted on the jet to cool the laser, and the laser itself.

The new laser system would allow fighter jets to take down targets from the air, in contrast to previous systems, which were mounted on vehicles or ships.

Excuse me, sir, I realize this may be a bit premature, but when could civilians expect to see these weapons installed on, say, the hoods of our cars? I have a few scores to settle with those bastards who refuse to use turn signals.

8 thoughts on “Jets With Frickin’ Laser Beams

  1. Mike47 – Red Five standing by.

    Cathy – Until he knocks you down while you’re mowing the lawn, he can’t be as bad as Rand Paul’s neighbor.

    TXNick – We need them on speedboats too. Just because.

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  2. I knew this was coming==saw two laser techs shooting 20 feet to targets 20 years ago in my hospital with a CO2 laser–with just a brief blast, they were able to set tongue blades on fire–they were just doing it for fun and betting each other–

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  3. Doc – God, i hope they weren’t using that to cut me open during my intestinal surgery!

    Ingineer – He’ll need heavy duty wipers to clear the windshield.

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  4. I’m with Mike47 on this except I want my own squadron! Never fear, we shall be ready to protect Earth from the ET invaders! : )

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