One of the largest defense contractors in the world has been tasked with the objective of building lasers so small and powerful, they can be deployed in armored vehicles to destroy enemy missiles and projectiles at the speed of light.
So far, the signs are promising.
"We're anxious to move forward with scaling up to the 100 kW power level in Phase 3 of the program," noted Alexis Livanos, president of Northrop Grumman Space Technology. "With parallel funding for attendant laser weapon system technologies and demonstrations, systems using very high-power lasers could be deployed in as little as four to five years."
1. Information from Popular Science, May, 2006 edition:
[Edited 2006-05-22 16:59:44]