Inside the Air Force - April 13, 2018

AFSOC lacks nearly $60M needed to put offensive laser on AC-130J by FY-22

By Rachel Cohen  
April 12, 2018 at 5:00 PM
A fledgling effort to put a high-power laser on the new AC-130J gunship requires about $92 million in total to develop and field an offensive weapon by the early 2020s, the head of Air Force Special Operations Command told lawmakers this week. "This presidential budget actually has money from a [U.S. Special Operations Command] and an Air Force and an [Office of the Secretary of Defense] side, so I appreciate your continued support toward that $34 million," Lt. Gen. Brad...

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