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The Pentagon is looking ahead several decades toward future fleets of rotorcraft -- and working now to lay the plans for getting there.
The defense contractor is ready to mount a 10-kilowatt solid-state laser on a big Oshkosh HEMTT vehicle. Then comes the real test.
And by future, we're talking 2030. Let's just hope the planners, builders, and budgeteers keep an open mind to how technology evolves over the next two decades.
Northrop Grumman and the Navy test fire a solid-state, high-energy laser from a moving ship on assortment of objects, including remotely driven boats and land-based targets.
The aerospace giant revives its X-45C unmanned aircraft for a new project that it expects to get off the ground in December 2010.
Northrop Grumman strings together seven laser systems to get a single beam at 105.5 kilowatts, and thus enters into weapons-grade territory.
F-35 Lighting project, considered the linchpin of the military's plan to modernize its tactical air forces, is found to be over budget and behind schedule.
Raytheon says its upgraded Active Denial System 2 is now in the hands of the customer, the U.S. Air Force. But will it ever be deployed?