Anti-missile lasers could soon be attached to U.S. fighter jets after a successful ground test.
The military planes could be getting the ‘Star Wars’ style equipment as soon as 2020.
U.S. Air Force officials have revealed that they conducted a successful test using a ground-based laser as it was able to shoot down “several missiles”.
The exact number of missiles the lasers can shoot down cannot be revealed for security reasons.
The test was run by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) as part of the Self-Protect High Energy Laser Demonstrator (SHiELD), which is a program aiming to create tech for protecting aircraft from incoming missiles.
Although, the ground missile was quite large, the military researchers think they are now much closer to creating one that is small enough to attach to an aircraft.
An AFRL statement said: “The final SHiELD system, however, will be much smaller and lighter, as well as ruggedized for an airborne environment.”
Flight tests for the laser-equipped fighter jets are planned for 2020.
Weapons maker Lockheed Martin was asked to built the planes…
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