In early 2017, the US Air Forcelaunched the project SHiELD, during which the development of a combat laser system for fighters was launched. It was assumed that she would be able to deceive the enemy's guidance systems, destroy already flying missiles and attack other fighters. For each of these purposes, three types of lasers were created. Recently, one of them was successfully tested at the site in New Mexico - a laser placed on a towed chassis, successfully shot down several aircraft launched into it.
The test took place on April 23, 2019, but aboutthis became known only now. The US military successfully tested a medium-power laser designed for self-defense of fighters - while on the ground, he successfully shot down missiles launched from another fighter.
In addition to this type of laser, there are two more: low and high power. The first is designed to detect targets and aiming at them weapons, as well as to deceive the enemy's guidance systems. The second, increased power, is able to attack and destroy enemy fighters. It is assumed that their tests will also be held in the near future.
Laser installations are planned to be mounted onexisting fighters. The military is particularly interested in this technology, since a laser can become a weapon with an “unlimited” stock and a minimum cost per shot. It is also believed that he will be able to hit targets at both subsonic and supersonic speeds.
Engaged in the development of a laser machineAmerican company Lockheed Martin. Recall that it was she who in 2018 presented an exoskeleton that can make American soldiers more resilient. You can read about it in our material.
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