Army tests laser weapon fired from Apache at­tack he­li­copters

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION - — Dou­glas Ernst

The U.S. Army and Special Op­er­a­tions Com­mand moved one step closer to giv­ing elite troops of­fen­sive laser weapons for the bat­tle­field.

A suc­cess­ful bat­tery of tests on high-in­ten­sity di­rected en­ergy laser weapons took place at White Sands Mis­sile Range test ground in New Mex­ico, Raytheon an­nounced Mon­day.

Un­manned tar­gets were de­stroyed “over a wide va­ri­ety of flight regimes, al­ti­tudes, and air speeds, prov­ing the fea­si­bil­ity of laser at­tack from Apache,” the com­pany said.

The mil­i­tary web­site Task and Purpose said “sur­gi­cal and pre­cise” laser weapons will be a wel­come ad­di­tion to the op­er­a­tors’ mis­sion tool­box.

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