The U.S. military has been working to develop laser weapons. With Lockheed Martin’s latest Advanced Test High Energy Asset, or ATHENA, weapon, the capability could come sooner rather than later.
The world’s largest defense company recently tested the prototype laser system, which brought down five Outlaw drones at the Army’s White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, it said in a release Wednesday. The drones have a wingspan of 10.8 feet.
In a series of videos, the Outlaw unmanned aerial vehicles are seen going down one by one after the fiber laser, equipped with advanced beam control technology, fires at them.
“The tests at White Sands against aerial targets validated our…