TECHNOLOGY

WAY OUT THERE

OUT OF THE DISCO AND INTO THE COMBAT ZONE

November 13 2006
TECHNOLOGY

WAY OUT THERE

OUT OF THE DISCO AND INTO THE COMBAT ZONE

November 13 2006

WAY OUT THERE

TECHNOLOGY

OUT OF THE DISCO AND INTO THE COMBAT ZONE

Terminator-style weapons are now a reality. Boeing is testing a laser-gunship system that can be mounted on a plane, helicopter or even a truck. A high-energy “tactical laser” with sophisticated beam control would enable a gunship to issue a 10-cm beam strong enough to cut through metal at a distance of up to 13 km. The system’s narrow field of destruction would make it useful for taking out targets in urban areas with no collateral damage.