Blowing Shit Up From Miles Away…Oh Yeah!

Lockheed Martin ATHENA laser weapon system defeats a truck target by disabling the engine, demonstrating its military effectiveness against enemy ground vehicles. Photo: Lockheed Martin
Lockheed Martin ATHENA laser weapon system defeats a truck target by disabling the engine, demonstrating its military effectiveness against enemy ground vehicles. Photo: Lockheed Martin

Ever wonder what the battlefield of the future will be like? Lockheed Martin may have the answer – simply destroy things from a mile or more away…with lasers.

During a recent field test, Lockheed successfully demonstrated its 30-kilowatt fiber laser weapon system by disabling the engine of a small truck from more than a mile away.

The ground-based prototype system known as ATHENA, for Advanced Test High Energy Asset, burned through the engine manifold in a matter of seconds.

Read on the find out more.

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