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Laser weapons: from science fiction to reality

Boeing’s Compact Laser Weapon System

Boeing’s Compact Laser Weapon System is a modular, high-energy laser system that provides proven air defence capabilities against unmanned aircraft systems (image: Boeing)

After decades of development, high-power laser directed energy weapons are now being demonstrated as deployable, cost-effective engagement solutions.

From the famously inaccurate blasters of Imperial Storm Troopers to the deadly arsenal wielded by the Terminators of the future, laser weapons have long been a staple of science fiction.

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