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Saturday September 19, 2015

The Air Force Will Have Combat Lasers On Its War Planes By 2020

I only have one question. Which companyآ—Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, or Boeingآ—is best capable of creating the Vic Viper?

These armaments, dubbed directed-energy weapons pods, will be mounted on American warplanes and serve to burn missiles, UAVs -- even other combat aircraft -- clean out of the sky. "I believe we'll have a directed energy pod we can put on a fighter plane very soon," Air Force General Hawk Carlisle said at a Fifth-Generation Warfare lecture during the Air Force Association Air & Space conference earlier this week. "That day is a lot closer than I think a lot of people think it is."

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