HEAVILY-ARMOURED vehicles loaded with laser cannons will be deployed by the US Army within the next three years.
The upcoming weapon systems each chew through enough energy to power several homes and can take down drones, helicopters and incoming missiles.
Officially known as “directed energy lasers”, they’ll hit battlefields in the year 2022 attached to a platoon of four vehicles, an army report stated.
“The time is now to get directed energy weapons to the battlefield,” Lt. Gen. L. Neil Thurgood, Director of Hypersonics, Directed Energy, Space and Rapid Acquisition, said in the report.
“The Army recognises the need for directed energy lasers as part of the Army’s modernisation plan.
“This is no longer a research effort or a demonstration effort. It is a strategic combat capability, and we are on the right path to get it in Soldiers’ hands.”