THE BRIEFING

USAF LOOKS TOWARD LASER FIGHTERS

COMBAT AIRCRAFT’S REGULAR COLUMN

IN NOVEMBER 2017, the US Air Force Research Laboratory awarded $26.3 million to Lockheed Martin to design and build a laser weapon, known as SHiELD, for fighter aircraft — which the flying branch plans to equip and test on an F-15 Eagle as early as 2021. By the end of the decade, the laser could be flying aboard a totally new stealth fighter known presently as F-X.

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