SOCOM Prepares to Test Airborne Directed Energy Weapon

SOCOM Prepares to Test Airborne Directed Energy Weapon
.S. Air Force photo/Chrissy Cuttita

On a cloudy night in the future, special operators are conducting a nighttime raid on an enemy compound. A mission commander aboard an AC-130J Ghostrider gunship sets his sights on a target.

Using a high-energy laser, he aims and shoots at an electrical transformer, the engine of a pick-up truck, communication equipment stacked near the compound's front door, and a drone sitting in the courtyard.

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