The US Army is working with General Atomic and Boeing to manufacture a 300 kW laser beam. With this military weapon, they aim to detect, track and destroy enemy missiles.
As reported, the laser they are building is capable of melting metal and electronic components easily and in just a few seconds , as if it were a Star Wars lightsaber .
Generally, lasers have a difficulty that prevents them from being used as a weapon of war at times. This consists in that its components heat up too quickly and it is difficult to sustain a lightning of more than 100 kW.
However, General Atomic has come up with a solution for a solid state laser that prevents the problems that commonly occur with liquid or gaseous lasers from existing.
In the case of the US Army laser beam , plates will be used that can cool themselves. In this way, the laser beam they are working on will be able to destroy enemy missiles or drones in mid-flight without fear of overheating.
An important factor facilitating its use in the US Army is that this weapon is mobile. That is, the laser beam can be mounted as cargo on a truck and how to attach it to a military aircraft is being investigated .
As they have explained, their intention is to place two independent guns on the vehicles. These would move following the military’s tracking and detection instructions.
Will this laser beam look like something out of a fictional movie, or will it ultimately fall short of your expectations? At the moment, the laser beam is just a prototype.
Now, General Atomic and Boeing are investigating so that their invention is able to satisfy the projections of the US Army. In 2022 they will carry out the first tests of this military weapon . This means that within a short time we may possibly see this system applied in the Defense of the North American country.