A $6 million Air Force experiment to demonstrate the capabilities of off-the-shelf platforms may lead to a low-cost solution for a light attack and close-air support aircraft.
The Defense Department is looking to equip a variety of aircraft with directed energy weapons in the coming years as the technology matures.
The U.S. military is the greatest and most capable fighting force the world has ever seen, and serving side by side for 39 years with the wonderful men and women who defend the nation is the proudest accomplishment of my life.
By 2022, about one-fourth of U.S. Air Force combat aircraft will feature stealth technology.
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