The U.S. Air Force is charting a “Highway to HEL” that could see it arm one of the Air Force Special Operations Command’s (AFSOC) most fearsome battleplanes with a high-energy laser, giving the already devastating weapon new tricks beyond precision-guided bombs and a new 105-mm cannon. If the gunship community had its way, the air branch would fund an electric-laser demonstration program using a Lockheed AC-130W set aside at Cannon AFB, New Mexico, as scientists in the ...

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