In a seminal achievement, DOD shoots down cruise missile with laser

By Jason Sherman / March 16, 2022 at 3:21 PM
The Defense Department for the first time has destroyed a cruise missile target with a laser during a test in New Mexico -- a seminal achievement in the campaign to weaponize directed-energy technology and a demonstration that the game-changing potential to revolutionize operational concepts and dramatically alter the way U.S. forces fight is at hand. On Feb. 12, the Office of Naval Research conducted a test of a Layered Laser Demonstrator at White Sands Missile Range, NM, when a cruise...

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