(From Popular Science)
Who wants to play Death Star and X-Wings?
Lasers and other directed energy weapons are all the rage in D.C., with a U.S. general recently declaring at a conference dedicated to the topic that “Directed energy brings the dawn of an entirely new era in defense.” Indeed, the U.S. Navy has already tested lasers on warships deployed in the Persian Gulf and plans to arm other systems like aerial gunships with the weapons in the years ahead. Lasers are also a crucial part of long-term plans to defeat the threat of higher numbers of Chinese anti-ship missiles.
But just like in other areas of technology, China does not plan on being easily “offset.” The Chinese Academy of Physics Engineering is already hawking a combat-ready laser turret, showcased at the Beijing Weapons Expo this month. Read more