In what is being called the “highest power ever documented by a laser of this type,” Lockheed Martin announced this week that it fired a 30-kilowatt fiber laser weapon system at a truck more than a mile away.
The defense company’s ATHENA — Advanced Test High Energy Asset — burned through a truck’s engine manifold in just seconds, according to a Lockheed news release.
The photo shows the aftermath.
“Fiber-optic lasers are revolutionizing directed energy systems,” Keoki Jackson, Lockheed Martin chief technology officer, said in a statement. “We are investing in every component of the system – from the optics and beam control to the laser itself – to drive size, weight and power efficiencies. This test represents the next step to providing lightweight and rugged laser weapon systems for military aircraft, helicopters, ships and trucks.”
By Liz Klimas – The Blaze –
The militant group Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, based in Yemen, took responsibility on Wednesday for the bloody attack one week ago on the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in which 12 people, including cartoonists and police officers, were killed.
The group accompanied its claim with an image of the Eiffel Tower dissolving.
The attack on Charlie Hebdo signaled the start of three days of bloodshed in which five more people died, four them customers at a kosher supermarket.
The group said in a statement on the Internet that it claimed responsibility “for this operation as a vengeance for the messenger of Allah” — an apparent reference to Charlie Hebdo’s frequent lampooning of the Prophet Muhammad with depictions that many Muslims consider sacrilegious.
The group said it “chose the target, laid the plan and financed the operation.”
By RUKMINI CALLIMACHI & ALAN COWELL – New York Times –