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Turret development
One of the key elements of a future laser weapon will be the turret from which the laser is directed and fired. This 2015 image shows a prototype turret developed by Lockheed Martin for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). It controls and compensates for airflow, and is said to pave the way for laser weapon systems on tactical aircraft. Here, a green low-power laser beam passes through the turret on a research aircraft. Photo: AFRL.
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