Boeing patents laser force field. How does it work? (+video)

March 25, 2015 12:17 PM

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The aerospace and defense company Boeing just earned a patent for a "method and system for shockwave attenuation via electromagnetic arc," which is essentially a laser force field. The design, reminiscent of something George Lucas could have dreamed up, is the first of its kind and has the potential to change modern warfare.

The concept behind Boeing’s force field, which would most likely be used to protect military vehicles, is to detect an explosion and then protect against the potentially fatal overpressure waves generated by a detonation of high explosives. It will not protect against shrapnel from explosions – that...

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