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Military advancements turns Science Fiction into reality.

Eric Oram, Reporter

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The United States military is always trying to improve their offensive and defensive capabilities to keep us above everyone other country in terms of advancement and now they have reached Science-Fiction levels of technology. Lockheed Martin, a company which routinely builds and develops weapons for the military, has recently finished developing a 60Kw laser system and the military are looking at the different ways it can be used.
The weapon, which operates through heating the target to the point of breakdown, has had multiple test done throughout its development process where it has been tested against land vehicles, sea vehicles, and missiles. In each of the tests it has excelled in either destroying or disabling the target in under 20 seconds.
Against a boat it had quickly burned a hole through the boat’s side causing it to sink within a few seconds of firing. While when fired at a truck it had burned through the metal of the truck and melted the vehicles engine disabling it’s ability to move from over a mile away. The most impressive of the tests though was the missile test which had exploded the missile within 5 seconds of the missile’s flight through the air. The laser itself, unlike what it is in movies, is completely invisible to the human eye and will make it seem like these things had disabled or blew up on their own.
The applications of the laser are seemingly endless due to the fact that the weapon has such a small cost to fire it can be placed on land, sea, and air vehicles. The turret for the plane it was placed on has the ability to fire on a 360 degree turning axis or in other terms, in all directions.
We are in a new age of technological advancement which will put us far ahead of our enemies and make living in the United States so much safer as missile strikes become much more harder to reach us. Lockheed Martin will continue to refine this technology to the point where we can become unrivaled in terms of defense and there are more advancements on the way.

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