View the Major Pentagon Directed Energy Research Programs ($K) chart in PDF format. A ground-based laser weapon shot down multiple air-launched missiles in a successful test of a surrogate for a planned aircraft-mounted demonstrator, the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) announced May 3.  The ground-breaking test on April 23 at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico moved the Air Force a step closer to introducing a podded laser weapon that can help protect non-stealthy aircraft ...

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