|Raytheon recently tested a high-energy laser weapon attached to an AH-64 Apache helicopter gunship.|
The device “achieved all primary and secondary goals” and “performed as expected,” the company stated.
|The U.S. Army’s Apache, in service since 1986, comes brimming with weapons including a 30-millimeter gun, 70-millimeter rockets and tank-busting AGM-114 Hellfire missiles. Operational laser-armed Apaches are a ways off, and the White Sands demonstration is still an experiment.|
|Lasers aboard ships are a fact, there has been a 33-kilowatt XN-1 LaWS installed on the amphibious transport dock USS Ponce since 2014.|