Pew, pew, pew...
BY: DENNIS PAGE
SEPTEMBER 8, 2014
Laser weaponry is being tested in the real-world, and it's being controlled by an Xbox controller.
Boeing's High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator (HEL MD) was tested under foggy, windy, and rainy conditions at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, where the HEL MD showed off it's capabilities by successfully targeting and destroying over 150 Unmanned Arial Vehicles (UAVs) and mortars.
The HEL MD had previously tested well at the White Sands Missile Base in New Mexico in 2013, shooting down 70 mortars and an Outlaw UAV, but this latest run was to simulate a more extreme maritime environment. A new video from Wired shows the system in action.
Built upon an Oshkosh Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck, the two-man crew controls the HEL MD - one driver, and one operating the laser, who uses a laptop, and yes, an Xbox controller for targeting.
Boeing is also helping to develop a solid-state, high-energy, solid-state laser weapon module to the Mk38 weapons platform for Navy use, as well as the Manportable High Energy Laser system that is lightweight and ideal for tactical missions - so that advanced laser weaponry you wield in the latest Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is not just fiction - it's on its way.
Sourced Via IGN