An Air Force Special Operations Command photo illustration of a laser-equipped AC-130J Ghostrider gunship in action

AFSOC to finally mount a laser weapon on an AC-130 gunship

After years of funding woes, Air Force Special Operations Command is on track to fire a high-powered laser weapon from an AC-130 gunship sometime in fiscal year 2022

The Office of Naval Research (ONR)-sponsored Electromagnetic Railgun (EMRG) at terminal range located at Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD)

The Navy’s $500 million effort to develop a futuristic railgun is going nowhere fast

After years of troubled development, the Navy's much-hyped electromagnetic railgun appears stuck in research limbo, according to budget documents reviewed by Task & Purpose


China wants to slap laser cannons on its fighter jets

The Chinese military is exploring a potential laser weapon system to mount on various aircraft to give them an extra edge in a dogfight


The Army is going all in on a high-powered laser weapon

After years of testing out a low-energy Stryker-mounted directed energy system, the Army is formally pushing for a combat-ready laser weapon to blast enemy drones and ordnance out of the sky in the next four years


The German navy is building a laser cannon

A German K-130 class corvette next year will receive a prototype high-energy laser weapons system, or HELWS, for a two-year demonstration