Lockheed Martin Creates Laser That Can Disable A Truck In Seconds From More Than A Mile Away

March 6, 2015 7:25 AM

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Lockheed Martin Creates Laser That Can Disable A Truck In Seconds From More Than A Mile Away

Defense and aerospace company Lockheed Martin announced this week that its new fiber-optic laser weapon system, dubbed ATHENA (Advanced Test High Energy Asset), successfully took out a small truck “from more than a mile away” during a recent field test.

The ATHENA system uses a technique called "spectral beam combining," which involves merging multiple laser modules to create a single and super-powerful 30-kilowatt laser beam. The system is described as having the “highest power ever documented by a laser weapon of its type."

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