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

    In this artist's rendering, a laser fires from a satellite toward a target lifting off from Earth.

  • Photos: Laser weapons take to the air

    An artist's rendering of a space-based relay mirror, which would redirect laser energy from one location to another.

  • Photos: Laser weapons take to the air

    Researchers expect that airborne lasers will eventually be small enough to be mounted on smaller fighter jets. The Pentagon expects to have a 15-kilowatt prototype ready by the end of 2005, and a 150-kilowatt version ready by 2007, according to the New Scientist report.

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