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Arms race, Dome zone, Israel, Obama, Pakistan, foreign policy

Arms race


A team from US-based Boeing Integrated Defense Systems has shot down a small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) using a laser for the first time – but not in the Star Wars way you might imagine.

The UAV was destroyed by a Stinger missile fired from a trial Laser Avenger vehicle, (basically a Hummer fitted with missiles and in this case a laser cannon). The firing stands out because though UAVs tend to look flimsy they are hard to target and the laser may have now made this task easier.

Heat-seeking Stinger…


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