Battlefield laser weapon can destroy rockets, mortars and artillery shells

April 1st, 2009 - 3:22 pm ICT by ANI  

London, April 1 (ANI): A US based company has developed a battlefield laser weapon that can fire a strong beam, which can destroy rockets, mortars and artillery shells.

“We’re doing our part to make gunpowder a 20th-century technology,” said Dan Wildt of Northrop Grumman, whose battlefield laser weapon passed another milestone last week.

According to a report in New Scientist, in tests, it fired a 105-kilowatt beam - enough to destroy rockets, mortars and artillery shells - at a stationary target for 5 minutes.

Unlike weapons such as Boeing’s huge Airborne Laser, which burns chemical fuel, the solid-state laser consists of semiconductors that emit light when a voltage is applied.

This makes them much smaller, allowing them to fit on the back of a “ruggedised” truck.

They can also run on electricity from a diesel generator.

The laser weapon will ultimately pinpoint, track and destroy a rocket up to a couple of kilometers away, claims Northrop Grumman. (ANI)

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