May 11, 2013 09:25 AM ET //
Current missile defenses consist of missiles fired at other missiles. If Lockheed Martin has its way, that may change in a few years, with missiles being shot down by laser beams.
Lockheed’s system is called Area Defense Anti-Munitions, or ADAM. It’s a 10-kilowatt laser that can be fired at a target up to 1.2 miles away, and ADAM can track missiles at up to 3 miles away.
Lockheed tested the system on live missiles last month, and the video (link below) is pretty impressive — a laser destroys a rocket in less than a second at a range of just under a mile.
More - Link >>> http://news.discovery.com/tech/gear-and-gadgets/laser-shoots-down-missile-130511.htm
Video of laser destroying missile:
Link >>> http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=kgUnDeED9MM
Sources: Lockheed Martin, Discovery Channel News.
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