With the Internet buzz squarely on the upcoming Apple Watch and other consumer related technology it’s easy to miss some of the other technology stories out there. For instance, a Ford F-150 getting a hole ripped into it from Lockheed Martin’s ATHENA military laser. ATHENA focused 30 kilowatts of energy downrange to accomplish the feat.
Keoki Jackson, Lockheed Martin’s chief technology officer, said in a statement “Fiber-optic lasers are revolutionizing directed energy systems. We are investing in every component of the system – from the optics and beam control to the laser itself – to drive size, weight and power efficiencies. This test represents the next step to providing lightweight and rugged laser weapon systems for military aircraft, helicopters, ships and trucks.”
This test is certainly proof that the use of laser weaponry is a viable avenue and more research is likely to result because of it. With any weapons system you want to be sure you have all of your bases and scenarios covered given the scope of what these devices do. What we once only saw in the realm of Hollywood and science fiction is quickly taking wing into reality and it will be interesting to see where Lockheed Martin and others take this tech. What do you think of the ATHENA laser’s mile long test? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.