From this year, the United States Air Force will begin to establish laser systems to their fighters.

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The US Air Force Command reported that this month will begin the installation of the prototype of the first tactical laser weapons to destroy missiles in flight.

In the near future, three basic modules of the defensive system will be installed on fighters. Delivery of other elements is scheduled for July, and the final assembly must be completed until the end of the year.

According to the statement by the US Air Force Research Laboratory, high-energy laser weapons are intended solely for defensive purposes, namely the protection of aircraft from the air-air rockets and earth-air. The installation guidance system may affect objects moving faster than sound speed, directing the beam, taking into account external factors and dynamic flight conditions.

The development of components and subsystems were engaged in Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Northrup Grumman.

The US military planned to deploy laser weapons back in 2015, but faced a number of technical difficulties associated with fire management. Even after the installation of the first prototypes in the current year, their tests will be completed only by 2024.

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