Pilots face increasing threats from laser pointers and weapons (Image: Sergeant Pete Mobbs RAF, Crown Copyright/MOD)
Some laser dazzler weapons, such as this Glare Mout, are little larger than pointers (Image: Jkaut3)
Prototype laser eye-protection spectacles (Image: Crown Copyright/MoD)
PHaSR, a US Department of Defense laser dazzler weapon (Image: US Air Force)
Current laser eye-protection only cover single wavelengths (Image: Netweb01)
Laser pointers may be great fun to tease the cat with, but for pilots they are a major hazard. The United States FAA reports over 2,000 incidents every year of planes having lasers pointed at them - some of them powerful enough to pop a balloon. To combat the danger that lasers pose to aviation, the U.K. Ministry of Defence (MoD) is developing new eye wear that can filter out a wide range of laser wavelengths.
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