October 25, 2021

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The US Air Force is testing lasers on its AC-130J gunship

An artist’s conception depicting an old AC-130U gunship armed with a laser weapon system. USAF

Warzone / The Drive: The AC-130J Gunship’s first solid-state laser weapon has arrived for testing

The laser system could offer the already super versatile AC-130J a new way to stealthily destroy and disable critical targets. The US Air Force has taken delivery of the first Airborne High Energy Laser prototype, or AHEL, which will be tested in flight on one of its AC-130J Ghostrider gunboats next year.

The service hopes to demonstrate the feasibility of adding this direct-energy weapon to the already highly diverse arsenal of the AC-130J, which could give these aircraft a unique ability to quietly and stealthily engage ground targets.

Lockheed Martin confirmed yesterday that it has completed factory acceptance tests for the AHEL and then delivered the weapon to the Air Force. The laser will now need to be integrated along with a beam control system, after which ground tests will be carried out prior to the installation of the complete weapon system on an AC-130J.

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WNU Editor: Here is the official announcement from Lockheed …. Lockheed Martin delivers high-energy laser to US Air Force for flight test on AC-130J aircraft (Lockheed Martin).

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