Northrop Grumman tests the latest version of its Firestrike laser system, named Gamma
The Gamma laser was tested against the skin and components of a BQM-7 drone
The Gamma laser is a rugged, chainable laser weapon
A Firestrike laser module, of which the Gamma is the latest iteration
A view of how the Firestrike laser system can be scaled
Practical laser weapons came another step closer to reality recently as defense contractor Northrop Grumman tested the latest version of its Firestrike solid-state lasers. On May 1st, the company announced that it had completed trials at its Redondo Beach laboratory of a more powerful and rugged generation of its slab lasers, that combine with improved sensor capacities to create a general laser component that can provide the military with a wide range of greatly enhanced defensive and offensive laser capabilities.
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