Senate to Defense Contractors: More Insane Laser Weapons, Please

In the 2009 defense authorization bill approved last week, the US Senate called for the defense industry to get serious about bringing laser weapons like Boeing's Advanced Tactical Laser » 9/22/08 10:00am 9/22/08 10:00am system (pictured) to the battlefield. The bill allocated more funds to laser programs large and small-from green lasers used to…

Boeing Begins Firing Airborne High-Energy Laser, Nearby Planets Run Away

Last week Boeing fired their high-energy chemical laser aboard a C-130 Hercules aircraft for the first time ever, which is the first step in the final sprint to achieve a fully functional laser-based anti-missile system next year. By year's end the Advanced Tactical Laser will be firing at ground targets. According to… » 5/19/08 11:20am 5/19/08 11:20am

Laser Gunship to Destroy Ground Targets Death Star-Style

We already told you about Boeing's airborne laser system, which can knock missiles, en route to a target, right out of the sky. Boeing has recently announced trials for a similar offensive system. The offensive part means the end result will be a laser gunship that will be able to destroy ground targets. Lasers?… » 12/12/07 8:45am 12/12/07 8:45am