Air Force Plans to Test Gunship Laser Next Year, Top Commando Says

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The head of Air Force Special Operations Command said the service plans to test an experimental type of laser destined for a gunship next year.

“I remain an enthusiastic supporter of doing this demo,” Lt. Gen. Marshall “Brad” Webb, head of Air Force Special Operations Command, said Tuesday during a briefing with reporters at the Air Force Association’s annual conference outside Washington, D.C.

“If you put out a questionnaire to those scientists involved in lasers, you find about half and half — half of them are skeptics, the other half are zealots,” he said.

“So I think it’s well worth what the Air Force and SOCOM plan to get to — can we…

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