laser.... armed.....fighter jets!!!!!!!!!!!
(from our friends over at geek.com)
the US Air Force is in the final phases of testing a piece of military tech aimed at taking out recently launched missiles or enemy aircraft with lasers.
This relatively new system was developed in cooperation with the US Air Force, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, and Boeing. It involves a high-powered laser turret mounted on the nose of a large jet plane that can track and destroy enemy missiles when launched. The system is designed so that laser equipped planes could patrol areas of international tension to intercept missile launches soon after they leave the ground.
Further testing on the laser system is expected to continue throughout 2009, but the future of the weapon is in limbo as the new B.Obama Administration has yet to decide to continue funding on the project.....