Navy stealth destroyer could be equipped with Prompt Strike missile system

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A new type of weapon capable of making a'rapid hit' on an enemy from anywhere in the world could be loaded on to a US Navy stealth destroyer. The Conventional Prompt Strike system (CPS), which has not yet been field tested, is designed to hit anywhere within an hour and could be loaded onto the USS Zumwalt. The Zumwalt is a new class of guided missile destroyer and her captain, Kevin Smith, told Fox News she would be the perfect platform for the upcoming weapon system. The missile is able to fly five times the speed of sound by using rocket boosters to get into space and then'leaping' over the upper atmosphere to fix on its target. The missiles will carry conventional warheads and will have the same speed and range as a nuclear ICBM, Fox News reports.


AC-130 Gun ship set for laser upgrade within a year

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The U.S. Air Force hopes to begin testing a radical new laser weapon within a year. The head of Air Force Special Operations Command has revealed the plan will put a laser weapon on an AC-130 gunship. The weapon would be mounted on the gunship and have its power gradually increased as tests progress. The head of Air Force Special Operations Command has revealed plans to put a laser weapon on an AC-130 gunship within ayear for radical tests. The laser-armed C-130 project is U.S. Special Operations Command's top unfunded priority, according to Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, the head of Air Force Special Operations Command.



B-52 set for 'Star Wars' laser weapons

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It is one of the Air Force's longest serving bombers, having been in service since 1952. Yet the B-52 bomber could soon get a radical overhaul, making it one of America's first military planes to have a laser weapon system. Air Force bosses are experimenting with fitting external laser pods to the giant plane, allowing it to blast incoming missiles out of the sky or jam their navigation systems. The Boeing-manufactured bomber (pictured) has been in use since 1952 and is expected to remain operating until 2040, when it'll be replaced by the Northrop Grumman's B-21. Air Force bosses are experimenting with fitting external laser pods to the giant plane, allowing it to blast incoming missiles out of the sky or jam their navigation systems.


Footage shows missiles used in Syria destroying targets during testing

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An amazing new video shows stealth missiles used to destroy Assad's chemical weapons plants in Syria obliterating targets during training exercises. The clip reveals the impressive accuracy of the'bunker-busting' JASSM-ER missile as it destroys targets with near pin-point precision. The JASSM-ER missile is a new type of long-range weapon used in combat for the first time by the US military during recent precision strikes on the city of Barzah. An infrared imaging system allows it to hit targets with incredible precision, accurate to within as little as 10 feet (three metres), it is reported. Designed by Lockheed Martin, the precision-guided missiles use an anti-jam GPS navigation system to fly on their pre-determined route.