Laser plane prototype can kill tanks from 10 miles

Telegraph:

The United States Defence Department has developed a prototype of an aircraft armed with a laser gun that could destroy tanks 10 miles away.

The weapon is capable of destroying targets up to 15km (10m) away, according to Defense Update online magazine.

The ten-centimetre-wide beam will heat targets almost instantly to thousands of degrees and will slice through metal even at maximum range. It is intended both for battlefield use and for missile defense.

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There is more including several photos of various configurations including one on a 747. It is obvious that to use this weapon the US would need to control the air over the battle space. All these planes are big lumbering behemoths that lack maneuverability. It could be a killer weapon that would be especially good against missile attacks.

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