We have seen the future of defense systems, and it’s laser-based. Northrop and Boeing have developed sophisticated defense systems that put this technology to use. Continue reading to see more. Click here for first picture in gallery.


Northrop Grumman has developed a laser-based (directed energy) defense system — called Skyguard — that “provides a counter against enemy short- and long-range rockets, short-range ballistic missiles, artillery projectiles, mortars, unmanned aerial vehicles and cruise missiles.”

Boeing YAL-1

Boeing’s high-tech YAL-1 Airborne Laser (ABL) weapons system consists of a high energy laser, flight turret assembly, tracker Illuminator lasers, and a beacon illuminator — to be installed on modified 747-400Fs. Simply put, it first uses infrared sensors to detect missiles, then three low power tracking lasers calculate speed/aimport, and lastly, the main laser is fired for 3-5 seconds from a front-mounted turret.

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