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America’s SHIELD Program Promises Lasers

Tuesday, June 4, 2019   (0 Comments)

By Morgan Deane  |  June 4, 2019  |  Ops Lens

 

The Air Force reported this week that its Self-protect High Energy Laser Demonstrator (SHIELD) could be tested on F-15s as early as 2021 and later mounted on F-16s and F-35 fighters. This is a credible new technology that with refinement and placement on fighters could increase their survivability in combat.

Currently lasers require a good deal of power to maintain a steady and effective beam over long distances. As Americans have known since the Gulf War, and the Russians found out in Syria, lasers can lose effectiveness in hazy atmospheric conditions created by sandstorms, smoke, or heavy wind that kicks up dust. They may require cooling and they usually require large power sources. It is advances with the latter two factors (cooling and power) that allow the technology to be miniaturized and mounted on planes. READ MORE...


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