Laser Weapons Deployed By The Army Against Robot Enemies

By TeeJay Small | Published

After the invention of the atomic bomb, Albert Einstein famously quipped, “I know not with what weapons World War 3 will be fought, but World War 4 will be fought with sticks and stones.” While this insight was certainly valuable at the time it was said, the world-famous scientist could never have predicted the use of laser weapons, drone strikes, and robot combatants. According to the United States Army, it has officially begun to roll out high-energy laser weaponry overseas.

High Energy Lasers Deployed To Combat Zones

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The laser weapons in question are said to utilize 20 kilowatts of robot-destroying power, as outlined by defense contractors at BlueHalo. The official name for the advanced sci-fi-style weapon is the Palletized High Energy Laser, shortened to P-HEL. Initial versions of the weapon are said to have first rolled off the lot as early as November 2022, though the latest models were only developed in the first quarter of 2024.

Star Wars Blasters Come To Life

The weapon, which can be manned with simple video game controllers, operates by converting electrical currents into a narrow photon stream, resulting in a beam of pure energy, which is capable of blasting right through the body of a rival drone, an incoming rocket, or, probably, an unsuspecting human being. The weapon is a Star Wars blaster mounted to the front of a carbon fiber drone for all intents and purposes. Early testing videos showcase the P-HEL’s ability to precisely target fast-moving objects in the sky, making the hyper-advanced tech absolutely terrifying to those who would oppose America’s stringent military-industrial complex.

Small-Scale Air Defense

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Army generals have not yet confirmed any kills with the laser weapon, though they have officially acknowledged that the P-HEL has been administered for air defense in various locales. Those with specific knowledge have declined to confirm the exact locations where the military is issuing laser takedowns, though analysts presume the technology is active in regions such as Africa and the Pacific coast of Asia.

With global conflicts continuing to mount all across the world, concerns of a third World War have been on the rise. Israel and Palestine have been vying for land across the Gaza Strip, with Iran sending shots into the conflict during recent weeks as the Russia-Ukraine war wages into its third year of bloodshed. With laser weapons at the forefront of military technology, it is becoming clear that the future of combat will rely heavily on futuristic tech.

Cheap Drone Mounted Weapons

Even if they aren’t employed to blast fist-sized holes in the torsos of enemy combatants, the simple existence of laser weapons as a concept will undoubtedly be used as a preventative measure. Now that foreign nations across the Middle East have access to their own high-power drones, the missile-launching crafts aren’t enough to instill fear in the hearts of rival armies. Furthermore, these P-HEL crafts are said to cost substantially less to produce than existing measures like the Stinger missile and the Standard Missile-2, which carry a price tag of $480,000 and $2.1 million, respectively.

Frickin Laser Beams

So now, it seems that Albert Einstein’s famous post-war quote is in need of some light tweaking, with a little assistance from Austin Powers‘ primary antagonist, Dr. Evil. Modern prints of the age-old adage shall now read, “World War 3 may be fought with laser weapons mounted to drones, but World War 4 will be fought by sharks with freakin’ laser beams attached to their heads.” Just as mid-century science fiction authors always envisioned it.