Army tests laser weapon fired from Apache attack helicopters
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.