Lockheed Martin Is Developing Fighter Jets Equipped With Death Rays

ola olugbemi | November 7, 2017
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A short time ago, in an airfield somewhere in America… Lockheed Martin made a fighter jet that fires death rays.

The aviation firm is now set to make a whole fleet of futuristic jets that will fire powerful laser weapons.

According to a CNBC report, the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has awarded Lockheed Martin a contract to produce high-energy fiber laser weapons for tactical fighter aircrafts, which, for all of you nerds out there, means that the possibility of actual Star Wars battles just became a bit more real.

What’s even more nerdy and awesome is the name attributed to the project: SHiELD, which stands for Self-protect High Energy Laser Demonstrator.

UK newspaper the Daily Express reported that Lockheed Martin plans to have the aircrafts tested and battle-ready by 2021.

Dr. Rob Afzal, a senior fellow of laser weapons systems at Lockheed Martin, stated that while successful aircraft testing presents a challenge, he looks forward to the opportunity because laser powered weaponry is “becoming more real.” “We have demonstrated our ability to use directed energy to counter threats from the ground, and look forward to future tests from the air as part of the SHiELD system,” he said.

The aircraft company Boeing tried testing an airborne laser weapons system for the Air force back in 2002, but testing ceased in 2011 due to mixed results.

Watch the laser assault below:

 

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