B-1B with laser
In July 2011, Predator drone maker General Atomics won the contract from DARPA to build the Demonstrator Laser Weapon System (DLWS) for HELLADS. General Atomics says it is pursuing a "new approach to electric lasers" that joins "the high storage density of solid-state with the efficient heat removal of flowing liquids."
Following the ground testing of the DLWS in 2013, the laser demonstrator looks likely to be integrated onto a B-1B Lancer aircraft. (See DARPA's illustration of that above.)
October 6, 2012 12:00 PM PDT
Photo by: DARPA
| Caption by: Jonathan Skillings
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