The holy grail of sci-fi military technology is the weaponized laser beam. So far, all we use amplified light for is target identification and marking for conventional munitions, which is pretty boring. As the technology needed to create them gets cheaper, though, powerful lasers are starting to find a place on the battlefield. The Boeing Laser Avenger is an in-development project that deploys a one kilowatt solid-state beam to transmit scorching heat to its targets — perfect for knocking enemy drones out of the sky or detonating explosives from a long distance.

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