The US Army has requested help developing the weapon on the Pentagon's Small Business Investment Research website, where the Pentagon posts contracts for small businesses to bid. They call this high-energy laser a tactical ultra-short-pulse laser, and although it is many years away from implementation, the idea has been rooted in existing scientific systems.

The Pentagon has been developing high-energy laser weapons for many years now. The navy also deployed laser weapons on the transport ship USS Ponce. Most existing laser weapons fire a continuous wave of energy aimed at the target with the aim of heating it, causing it to catch fire and disrupt electronic devices. During the tests, the USS Ponce's laser shot down the simple drone.

However, the military wants to build something different from the ones that are already existing. Instead of using continuous waves to create a laser beam, the new weapon would generate a super short pulse. Hence, the weapon will simulate a powerful energy blast. As a result, this would give the weapon an edge in the field.

"While most lasers simply melt targets, ultra-short pulse laser systems can neutralize threats through three separate mechanisms: cutting matter from the target., dazzling sensors through the creation of controllable supercontinuous spectra in the air and inducing a local electronic interference that can overload the internal electronics of a threat ", the reports said.

Universities and researchers have developed ultra-short pulse lasers that can be fired in a femtosecond - or a quarter of a second - but the machines never leave the lab.

"In the past two decades, femtosecond lasers have gone from specialized labs to being able to be placed on special optical panels all over the country," the Pentagon said. "These advances in ultra-short pulse lasers, while promising, remain many hurdles to overcome in terms of size, weight and power, and the relevant operating environment and mass production. consistent way. "

The Pentagon has been developing lasers for a variety of uses for more than a decade. China is also developing laser weapons, including a rifle it says has a range of 0.8 km. However, the US military is less interested in equipping the infantry with laser weapons than shooting down cruise missiles and drones with laser defense systems.

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