Lockheed Martin is working to develop a high-power fiber laser for fighter jets, with plans to test the technology by 2021.
The move comes after Russia announced the Russian sixth-generation fighter jet will also get lasers capable of burning missile homing heads back in July 2017.
As already discussed in this one-year-old video, the U.S. Air Force is planning on having laser weapons on military fighter jets by the year 2021, but experts say developing a laser for a smaller, airborne design will be a challenge:
The move comes after a series of successful tests with similar systems in ground-based platforms. Already deployed on the USS Ponce amphibious transport ship is the US Navy’s first – in fact, the world’s first – active laser weapon:
End of July 2017, Russia announced that in addition to electromagnetic guns, the Russian sixth-generation fighter jet will also get lasers capable of burning missile homing heads.
Army bosses hope the radical laser weapon will give protection against threats such as swarms of drones or large numbers of rockets and mortars.