Also on StrategyPage (yeah, a threefer from them today, too) comes words of something that sounds like it’s from a bad sci-fo novel:
Raytheon is working on laser weapons to arm the newest fighter planes, and plans to have a workable weapon available to mount in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter by 2010. The new solid-state lasers are proving far better than the older chemical lasers, but by the time these are ready Raytheon may have an even better weapon, a fiber-optic laser. Such a weapon would have a single laser generator somewhere in the aircraft but would “duct” the laser pulses through fiber optics to various points on the aircraft. With the flip of a switch, the pilot could switch his laser from a forward-pointing dogfight weapon to a side-pointing anti-ground weapon or a rear-firing missile defense weapon.
The important question is, can I get one installed in the trunk of my Sebring? If there’s anything more fun than a convertable, it’s a convertable with the ability to turn those slowpokes in the fast lane into burning wrecks.