It is a weapon that could mean the end of traditional missiles.
Lockheed Martin revealed is has tested the a 30-kilowatt electric fiber laser, the highest power ever fired.
The firm says the weapon could eventually be mounted on jets, tanks and fighter planes – and will more than triple in strength before being used in combat.
The process, called Spectral Beam Combining, sends beams from multiple fiber laser modules, each with a unique wavelength, into a combiner that forms a single, powerful, high quality beam.
‘Lockheed Martin has opened the aperture for high power, electrically driven laser systems suitable for military applications,’ said Dr. Ray O. Johnson, senior vice president and chief technology officer of Lockheed Martin.