Truck-Mounted Laser Raises Hopes Of Unmanned Military Defense

January 28, 2009

New Mexico (ChattahBox) – Boeing, the well known aerospace and development company, has announced that one of it’s lasers, mounted atop a truck, has shot down a UAV in New Mexico, making it the most promising military prototype in some time. This is a big step since the last test with a moving target and because the power of its laser has been doubled since 2007, when it was shown off destroying a stationary improvised bomb.

The idea behind the Laser Avenger is simple: take an infrared laser, stick it on a Humvee, and let it do it’s work. The truck is unmanned and can be very small, making it a much safer option for military defense then that of using soldiers to do the shooting, and it’s aim is impeccable, as it is able to pick up smaller objects on radar, such as small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

The project has been personally funded by Selinger Boeing himself, but he has high hopes that the government will be impressed.

“If funded by the Pentagon, the Laser Avenger could be available within a year,” he said in a recent statement.

His hopes seem to be well founded, as President Obama has already shown great interest in the development of these weapons, calling them ‘revolutionary’ in the release of his defense plans for the country.


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