Tmack writes: Boeing has tested its "ATL" (Advanced Tactical Laser) weapon earlier this month, acquiring and firing on a ground target from the air. It is a modified C-130H, outfitted with an oxygen-iodine laser weighing in around 12000lbs operating in the hundred-kilowatt range. The article mentions its use as having "plausible deniability" since it can be fired from long distances, silently, and invisibly. A picture is included that shows an attack plan on a convoy, showing the scary accuracy of this weapon: being able to pick off the antennas of the vehicles, destroy their tires, and even disable the guns in the soldiers hands without causing extensive collateral damage. Included also is a graphic description of the expected results of firing it on an "insurgent."
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