Photos: Laser weapons take to the air

Photos: Laser weapons take to the air

Summary: Military researchers are studying ways to mount laser weapons on aircraft, primarily to destroy ballistic missiles. Here, a modified Boeing 747-400 freighter undergoes flight testing.

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  • Photos: Laser weapons take to the air

    One of six modules that would go into a high-power chemical oxygen-iodine laser as part of the airborne system. Liquid lasers can fire a continuous beam but need large cooling systems, while solid-state beams must be fired in energy-gulping pulses to prevent overheating, according to New Scientist magazine.

  • Photos: Laser weapons take to the air

    A technician studies the interaction of multiple lasers that will be used in the Airborne Laser, also known as the YAL-1A Attack Laser.

  • Photos: Laser weapons take to the air

    Simulation of a high-energy laser being fired from a C-130 aircraft. As part of its High Energy Liquid Laser Area Defense System (HELLADS) project, the Pentagon is also looking into laser weapons that could be used in tactical combat.

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