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.


A mind of its own: Russia unveils terrifying new AI 'superweapon'

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The race to incorporate artificial intelligence in modern weapons threatens to outstrip the technology's capabilities -- and the world's ability to control them. The Commander-in-Chief of Russia's air force, Viktor Bondarev, has told a gathering at the MAKS-2017 international airshow his aircraft would soon be getting cruise missiles with artificial intelligence capable of analysing their environment and opponents and make "decisions" about altitude, speed, course -- and targets. "Work in this area is under way," Russian news agency TASS reports Tactical Missiles Corporation CEO Boris Obnosov as adding. "As of today, certain successes are available, but we'll still have to work for several years to achieve specific results." While neither indicated which missiles were slated to get such enhanced artificial intelligence, there are two apparent contenders among the "super weapons" President Vladimir Putin bragged about last year: the "Avangard" hypersonic glide vehicle and the "Burevestnik" nuclear-powered cruise missile.