U.S. Air Force To Pick Laser For ‘SHiELD’ Fighter Demo

Radar-evading stealth technology has been the U.S. Air Force’s key advantage since the Lockheed Martin F-117 Nighthawk entered operational service in 1983. But in the 2030s, flying with impunity through regions defended by Russian and Chinese air defense weaponry will require much more than all-aspect signature reduction.

U.S. Air Combat Command (ACC) believes one answer is high-power laser weapons capable of intercepting incoming enemy missiles at the speed of light. The command has …


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