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Wired: Boo! Army Laser Cannon Won’t Be Ready Until 2017

Late last month, officials from the Army and from Boeing presented to the press what appeared to be a working version of a mobile laser cannon. Parked in front of an American flag was an eight-wheel, 19-ton heavy truck. Affixed to the top of that truck was a laser-beam controller, used to aim and fire lethal rays of coherent light.

There was only one thing missing from this $38 million High Energy Laser Technology Demonstrator: the laser itself.

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