20 Sep '17, 2pm

Air Force plans to test Laser Gunship next year

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The head of Air Force Special Operations Command said the service plans to test an experimental type of laser destined for a gunship next year. “I remain an enthusiastic supporter of doing this demo,” Lt. Gen. Marshall “Brad” Webb, head of Air Force Special Operations Command, said Tuesday during a briefing with reporters at the Air Force Association’s annual conference outside Washington, D.C. “If you put out a questionnaire to those scientists involved in lasers, you find about half and half — half of them are skeptics, the other half are zealots,” he said. “So I think it’s well worth what the Air Force and SOCOM plan to get to — can we take the laser technology in its current state — fiber, solid state — and shoot from air to ground? Can we control the beam, and can we overcome the aerodynamic, aeromechanical jitter etc.?” he added. “I am very ent...

Full article: https://www.defensetech.org/2017/09/20/air-force-test-gun...

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