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Air Force has directed energy weapons; now comes the hard part

Air Force has directed energy weapons; now comes the hard part

An Air Force Research Laboratory graphic shows air-to-air combat with a directed energy weapon. (Photo: Air Force) CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN COMMENT EMAIL MORE Over the past 20 years, the military and its partners in industry have figured out how to build lasers and other directed energy weapons. The devices have changed from often-hazardous chemical lasers to more reliable solid-state lasers. The power has grown from dozens of watts to dozens of kilowatts. Now comes the hard part, Air Force leaders said Thursday in Washington, D.C., at the second annual Directed Energy Summit. Many significant hurdles remain. The conference, hosted by defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton and the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessment, a Washington think tank, brought together the best and the brightest minds to discuss advancements on directed energy. Top brass is itching to get the...

Full article: http://www.airforcetimes.com/story/military/2016/06/25/ai...

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