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    The US Army is planning to deploy the first laser weapons in 2023, it has been revealed.

    Mary J. Miller, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for Research and Technology, told the House Armed Services Committee's Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities 'I believe we're very close,' when asked how close the Army is to developing offensive and defensive directed-energy weapons.

    She said the programmes would be extensively tested as the Army wants to understand the lasers' full capabilities 'before we offer it to a Soldier.'

    'It's being done in a 'step-wise demonstration of capability,' she said.

    'We have to make sure the lasers work and do the full set of scopes against the threats we project. And those threats include the counter-rockets, counter-artillery and counter-mortar as well as [Unmanned Aerial Vehicle] and cruise missile threats.'

    Miller explained that the Army wants to understand the lasers' full capabilities 'before we offer it to a Soldier.'

    Operators need to trust what lasers can do, she added.

    'Lasers have been promised for a long time, but they've never held up and delivered what was asked for, so the operators are rightfully skeptical,' she pointed out.

    'That's why the Army is taking lasers out into operational environments and testing them.

    In the meantime, 'there will be steps along the way where we spin off lesser capable laser systems that can do good things on smaller platforms.

    'Those will come out soon.'

    The Air Force said it was already flying prototype weapons.

    Dr. David Walker, deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force for Science, Technology and Engineering, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, said the Air Force is working with Special Operations Command to develop an offensive laser that will be fitted to AFSOC AC-130 gunships.

    Part of that technology, he said, includes 'beam-steering and power and thermal management.'

    'The Air Force is flying every day with lasers under its transport aircraft, using them as infrared countermeasure system,' so we too spun off lesser-capable laser systems and as we get larger power outputs and better thermal management out of smaller package lasers, we will build those powers into defensive to offensive capability as well,' Walker said.

    The Navy's science representative described similar laser programs for ships, subs and Marines.

    Air Force bosses have previously boasted combat lasers will be fitted to fighters planes by 2020.

    The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, or AFRL, is on track to demonstrate a working laser weapon on a fighter jet by 2020, it has revealed.

    'It really is a national tipping point,' Kelly Hammett, chief engineer for the AFRL's directed energy directorate, told CNN.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3470246/US-Army-laser-weapons-2023-research-bosses-say-killer-technology-close.html#ixzz41ev4Xi9m
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    Can't wait for the first kid to get kicked out of school for making laser noises.
     
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    I'd rather have a Star Wars light sabre. Cut me off in traffic and I'll whack off the back of your car.
     
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    Glad they clarified this is an illustration. This is real however

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    I'm just happy so see the hidden budget trillions of taxpayer dollars finally maybe come to fruition so our airplanes dont have to actually carry bullets anymore. very cost effective solution.
     
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    This has been around since the 80's


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    "Lets test it on civilians and blame it on sink holes".


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    I want a Robocop gun for work (the real Robocop)

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    Wait till you're walking down the street someday and some Poindexter burns you anonymously like an ant under a magnifying glass. Soon all lasers over a certain class will have to be registered like a gun.

    The Chinese aren't very far behind ... makes everything flying including our trillion dollar air force obsolete.
     
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    I support our brave robo-troops.
     
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    The US Navy is already testing operating laser weapons:

     
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    One computer virus and we are going to be speaking Chinese

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    Science fiction seems to be q pretty good predictor of our future. Technology always seems to get the best of us in those stories and I believe it will be the undoing of civilization.
     
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