The UK’s BAE Systems has revealed that it has been working on futuristic laser-based ‘atmospheric lens’ technology able to radically extend sensor ranges or even act as a ‘deflector shield’ for hostile directed-energy weapons.

The Laser Developed Atmospheric Lens (LDAL) would use a high-power pulsed laser to heat the atmosphere and create artificial refractions and reflections to divert electromagentic waves such as light or radio. The technology, being worked on at Warton, is still 50 years away but has been evaluated by Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.

News Team
19 January 2017