The Pentagon looks to laser-equipped UAVs to resurrect its anti-ballistic missile program

“When the Pentagon first commissioned an anti-ballistic missile system (i.e. a Boeing 747 with a chemical laser attached to its nose), it spent roughly five years and $16 billion trying to perfect the tech. Unfortunately, the initiative crashed and burned (figuratively) and was placed in indefinite hibernation at the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona — aka the ‘boneyard’ — so the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) could focus on developing electric lasers. Now, nearly four years since decommissioning the 747, the MDA says it wants to strap solid-state lasers onto small, unmanned drones capable of operating in airspace for weeks at a time and hopes to perfect this technology in roughly three years.”

By: Rick Stella | January 22, 2016 | Fox News

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