Boeing receives patent for Plasma Deflector Field

March 25, 2015 5:24 PM

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Boeing receives patent for Plasma Deflector Field

The aerospace and defense company Boeing has earned a patent for a “method and system for shockwave attenuation via electromagnetic arc,” which is essentially a laser force field. 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.

The patent said, “Explosive devices are being used increasingly in asymmetric warfare to cause damage and destruction to equipment and loss of life. The majority of the damage caused by explosive devices results from shrapnel and shock waves.”

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