Self-Protect High-Energy Laser Demonstrator

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The Self-Protect High-Energy Laser Demonstrator (SHiELD) is a directed energy weapons development program.[1][2][3][4] The objective of this programme is to demonstrate the ability of a laser system mounted on aircraft. The program will develop and integrate a moderate power laser in a fighter-compatible pod.[5] It was reported that United States Air Force is considering to get defensive laser weapon for fifth and sixth generation fighter jets by 2021.[6]


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  3. ^ "The Air Force's Self-Protect High-Energy Laser Demonstrator - RealClearDefense". Retrieved 11 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Air Force Moves Aggressively On Lasers « Breaking Defense - Defense industry news, analysis and commentary". 2015-08-07. Retrieved 2016-02-17.
  5. ^ "Air Force Research Lab Tries to Stay Ahead of Rivals". 2011-03-17. Retrieved 2016-02-17.
  6. ^ "USAF Become Agents of SHiELD | Pentagon: Multi-Billion Investment Tomahawks SM-6 | UK MoD Buying Zephyr Solar Planes". 2016-02-05. Retrieved 2016-02-17.