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'Star Wars' Laser Weapon Destroys Truck Engine a Mile Away

Friday, 06 March 2015 12:05 PM

A powerful laser beam fired from a weapon made by Lockheed Martin destroyed a truck’s engine from a mile away.

The test this week on the 30-kilowatt fiber-optic weapon was the highest power ever recorded of a laser weapon of its type, according to The Washington Times.

The Advanced Test High Energy Asset (ATHENA) laser burned through the truck’s engine in a "matter of seconds," the Maryland-based company said.

"This test represents the next step to providing lightweight and rugged laser weapon systems for military aircraft, helicopters, ships and trucks," said Keoki Jackson, chief technology officer of Lockheed Martin.

Daniel Cooper, of Engadget.com, said that during the test the truck had its engine and drive train running, although the vehicle was up on props.

"Rather than causing the engine to explode, as per Hollywood, the truck was simply rendered unable to move," he said.

Cooper wrote that the weapon could be a "potentially non-lethal" device to prevent a vehicle laden with explosives being driven, at speed, toward guard towers or military bases.

"The hardware used a technique called 'spectral beam combining,' which involves taking multiple laser modules and pointing them in the same place to create a single, powerful, high-quality laser beam."

Referring to the hit film franchise "Stars Wars," he added, "Now, feel free to disagree with us, but doesn't that sound an awful lot like how the Death Star's main weapon worked?"

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