Laser weapons are considered to be the most frequently used black technology equipment in sci-fi movies. It emit a dazzling light when launched and possesses powerful lethality. However, for a long time, due to technical limitations, laser weapons could not be put into practical use.
However, in recent years, with the rapid development of military technology, laser weapons have gradually entered reality from the screen and become weapon that can be used in actual combat. Military technology powers such as the United States, Russia, India and Israel have invested heavily in research and development and testing of laser weapons, which has promoted the development of laser weapons.
According to the US media “Forbes” website, on October 6, local time, the US arms giant Lockheed Martin delivered a new type of airborne high-energy laser weapon AHEL to the US Air Force. According to Lockheed Martin’s vice president, Rick Cordaro, the high-energy laser weapon technology is mature, tested, and even put into service.
It is reported that AHEL will be tested on the AC-130J aerial aircraft currently in service in the U.S. Air Force. If the test goes well, the U.S. Air Force will strive to install laser weapons within five years.
Analysts pointed out that the delivery of AHEL to the US Air Force is a milestone in the history of the development of high-energy laser weapons. For a long time, the reason why laser weapons could not be put into practical use was mainly that laser weapons required a lot of power resources during use, and general weapon launch platforms could not support the high energy consumption of laser weapons.
Prior to this, laser weapons were generally mounted on some large surface ships, and large surface ships were generally equipped with powerful power systems that could provide sufficient power.