As the U.S.’s adversaries field more complex and deceptive missiles, high-flying UAVs armed with advanced sensors and laser weapons could hold the key to defeating them. Instead of using Boeing 747 airliners to shoot down missiles with chemical lasers, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) proposes employing high-altitude, long-endurance UAVs carrying modern diode-pumped alkali or beam-combining fiber lasers. The agency has also proposed an upgrade kit for the General Atomics ...

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