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.