Sunday, June 17, 2007
The laser cannon of films like Star Wars may soon make it into production. Tests for the prototype had already been conducted at the White Sands missile range in New Mexico. But due to lack of interest in it, funding for the project was halted. The laser cannon has been successfully tested on static targets on the ground years ago. Although it successfully blew up targets like mock rocket fuselages, it took several seconds to have an effect. It also couldn't be fired multiple times. Pictured is the US Army's beam director device. The new weapon can be fired from an aircraft to disable rockets and even targets on the ground.