Air Force's Self-protect High Energy Laser Demonstrator (SHiELD)

Air Force's Self-protect High Energy Laser Demonstrator (SHiELD)
Air Force Research Lab

Nov. 6 (UPI) -- A new contract that seems to be ripped from Star Wars calls for Lockheed Martin to design, develop and produce a high-power fiber laser for the U.S. Air Force Research Lab.

The $26.3 million dollar contract, announced by Lockheed on Monday, calls for the laser to be mounted on a tactical fighter jet by 2021 and is part of the U.S. Air Force's Self-protect High Energy Laser Demonstrator, or SHiELD, program.

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