The US military has a new laser weapon that vaporizes targets

A laser weapon that is a million times more powerful than any other laser weapon developed to date. Photo credit: Shutterstock / Fernando Cortes

According to information from the New Scientist, the divisions of the army have christened this new weapon: the tactical ultrashort pulsed laser. It is said to be a laser weapon that looks like laser guns in science fiction films. However, as engineer Derryck Reid from Heriot-Watt University emphasizes, “this is not science fiction”.

A laser weapon that is a million times more powerful than any old one

In fact, this laser weapon would be able to fire impulses much like a machine gun, except that this tactical ultrashort pulsed laser would be a million times more powerful than any other laser weapon developed to date.

Note that laser weapons developed by the U.S. Army in the past were designed to drill holes in metal until vehicles and drones affected by those weapons are no longer operational. However, this is not the case with the new weapon. The latter would aim to melt the metal, not just pierce it.

This laser weapon was supposed to have a different “functionality”.

Incidentally, this new laser weapon would also deliver incredibly short pulses at a rate of 20 to 50 pulses per second, like bullets from an automatic rifle. The weapon in question would have been shaped so that its shots would have hit targets over a long range without dissolving.

The U.S. military wouldn’t expect to stop there, however. In fact, she wants to give the new weapon an electromagnetic pulse effect as well. In other words, when lasers hit metal, they should also interfere with any electronic material nearby. Given these technological advances in weapons, we hope the U.S. military intends to use these weapons against aliens … and in space. No?