The United States military is known for many things, but the iconic Apache helicopter has to be one of the most recognizable vehicles in it.
According to reports, Raytheon, a defense contractor, has developed a new laser that will be bolted to Apache AH-64 helicopter on Monday.
The lasers will be able to “direct energy” at targets nearly a mile away and the first test will take place at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.
— Raytheon (@Raytheon) June 26, 2017
Conservative Tribune reports:
In conducting the test, Raytheon used a version of the Multi-Spectral Targeting System — an electro-optical infrared sensor — with the laser.
This new development could open up new avenues for our defense mechanisms, as laser weapons provide a unique ability to launch an attack without being heard or seen.
Matthew Ketner, branch chief of the High Energy Laser Controls and Integration Directorate in Virginia, explained that lasers also have a near-perfectly straight trajectory, unlike the arc of an artillery round, according to the Pentagon.
This allows the laser to be more more accurate in finding its target than the usual 30mm machine gun and hellfire missiles employed by the Apache.
But it was what Ketner said next that was the most important part of this upgrade.
“Lasers don’t run out of bullets,” Ketner said.
The Apache helicopter deserves this upgrade. Those helicopters have been used to guarantee our freedom for decades and it is about time that we modernize these amazing machines.
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