ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - A plane at Kirtland Air Force base has been blasting sometargets at White Sands Missile range without bullets or bombs.Instead, the plane employs a laser as its weapon of choice.
The Air Force has just released the video of the futuristicweapon at work.
This is the first time the weapon was successfully fired at atarget with the intent of damaging it.
Boeing, who developed the laser, said its precision couldsomeday reduce collateral damage during an attack.
"This milestone demonstrates that directed energy weapon systemswill transform the battlespace and save lives by giving warfighters a speed-of-light, ultra-precision engagement capabilitythat will dramatically reduce collateral damage," said Greg Hyslop,vice president and general manager of Boeing Missile DefenseSystems.
The Air Force said the laser's precision could be especiallyhelpful in urban environments where military targets are oftensurrounded by noncombatants.
While Boeing and the Air Force said the recent White Sands testproves the laser and its computerized targeting system functionproperly, more testing is planned.
The two entities are also collaborating on another laser thatwill be mounted on a 747 jetliner with the aim of shooting downenemy missiles.
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