US Air Force says ‘force fields’ that stop missiles ‘are on the horizon’

THE US Air Force wants to develop a high tech “force field” to stop incoming missiles from reaching US soil by 2060. The defence system would involve a network of laser-mounted trucks that shoot down projectiles before they hit their targets. Get all the latest Science newsKeep up-to-date with the top Space & Astronomy storiesAll the latest Archaelogy news from dinosaurs to Ancient artefacts A proposal for the bonkers system forms part of a new official report on the future of directed energy weapons – the US military term for lasers. In it, the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL), which develops the weapons of the future, details how lasers might be used in the coming decades. One potential use for the technology – in which the US military has invested heavily in recent years – is a defensive “force field”, researchers wrote. While the AFRL accepts that such a system would require substantial investment and development, it suggested that directed energy weaponry has reached a “tipping point” of practicality. In a press release, the research body said: “The concept of a [directed energy] weapon creating a localized force field may be just on the horizon.” Nukes no more How exactly such a…

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US Air Force says ‘force fields’ that stop missiles ‘are on the horizon’

Updated: July 26, 2021 — 10:26 am