I just came across this article in Popular Mechanics. I am forced to admit that the stupid is terribly strong in this one.
Back in early April, the U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff mentioned that the service will always need good pilots "who want to come in and fly the F-22, the F-35, the X-Wing fighter." Now, Gen. Mark Welsh may not have been meant that the Air Force is building a real life X-wing. But the service and its contractors are very seriously working on another part of Luke Skywalker's fighter: laser cannons.
According to Breaking Defense, Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) officials say the service wants to arm fighter jets with laser cannons by 2022. This comes from remarks made to reporters at "DoD Lab Day" recently held at the Pentagon.Wouldn't you think the ground based version of AAA laser weapon systems would sweep the skies of any possible laser armed aircraft?