8 Real Laser Weapons that are used or tested as we speak

Around the world, countries are awakening to the military possibilities presented by these real-life death rays.
Three months after China unveiled "Silent Hunter" - its vehicle-slicing laser weapon, Stars & Stripes reports that US military forces are testing their own array of laser weaponry. So lasers start becoming a new "must have" for armies around the world.
The output of these fibre weapons is measured in kilowatts (kW), orders of magnitude less than the megawatt-class devices once envisioned for the US Strategic Defense Initiative — an ultimately unsuccessful cold-war plan that sought to use lasers to disable ballistic missiles carrying nuclear warheads.

But the modern, less ambitious, weapons are on the brink of real-world deployment. Tests such as those of the Boeing system show that the lasers have enough power to overcome threats from terror groups — at a fraction of the price of conventional defenses
An advantage of laser weapons is that they don't need ammunition, therefor the cost of firing a laser to shut down a missile can be as low as 1$, instead of tens of thousands of dollars, as much a defensive projectile costs currently. Also you won't run low on ammunition, for example, a forward-operating base could protect itself from airborne threats with a laser as long as there was enough fuel to power a generator and recharge its batteries..
Let's have a look at these 8 Real Laser Weapons video

  1. 1

Don't like this list? Edit it and make your own list!

Don't like this list? Edit it and make your own list! We will pubish it on our site! You can share it with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, etc

Edit this list

Login / Sign up