Laser weapon destroys rocket target in three seconds: here’s the future of anti-missile defense systems

The following video shows the Lockheed Martin Area Defense Anti-munitions (ADAM) laser weapon system at work.

On Dec. 10, 2012, the ADAM prototype successfully destroyed a rocket target flying on a wire at a range of 1.6 kilometers. Quite surprisingly, acquisition, tracking and destruction of the target took only about three seconds.

ADAM system is designed to defend high-value areas by means of a 10-kilowatt fibre laser which has an effective range of 1.2 miles (2 kilometres).

Recent tests have proved ADAM is capable to destroy unmanned aerial targets at around 0.9 miles and small-caliber rockets at a range of 2 kilometers (1.2 miles): in other words, it’s the future in anti-aircraft and anti-missile defense tech.

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