In a few years, modern combat fighters will get even more powerful weapons in the form of lasers. They are working on the Northop Grumman armaments division, which commissioned the construction of such a system for AFRL (Air Force Development Laboratories). Military engineers will build a laser control system that AFRL is working on under the Advanced Technology Demonstration program.
The system is compact enough to be easily attached to an airplane. Then he will act as a defensive weapon, protecting the machine from rockets, drones and enemy planes.
The control system that AFRL engineers work on is not only aimed at tracking and tracking targets, but also monitoring the weather conditions so that no interference does not affect the effectiveness of the weapon. The beam of light may be weakened by air pollution, fog, or dense. rain.
The first tests of a new laser weapon are scheduled for 2019.