The U.S. military is now deploying a weaponized laser. It isn’t a Buck Rogers-style light pistol or a Star Trek phaser that looks like a cell phone. It looks like a telescope. But it can zap enemies with perfect accuracy. Its biggest potential, though, is as a defensive weapon. Not only can it shoot down attacking aircraft and missiles. Because it goes at the speed of light–since it is light–it can even destroy a mortar round.
Also, whereas conventional artillery pieces can run out of expensive ammunition, the laser weapon can keep firing as long as it has electricity, and each zap costs only 59 cents. [Read more...]