While the U.S. Army and Navy are making progress on developing land- and ship-based high-energy lasers, the Air Force is struggling to define compelling operational requirements for directed-energy weapons, suggests a new report by the National Research Council (NRC). A major barrier is the size, weight and power requirements of current solid-state laser technology, which are acceptable for heavier land- and ship-based systems in the 100-150 kw range but limit near-term airborne ...

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