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Do laser weapons exist?

Answer

Wiki User
12/04/2010

Yes, they are called directed energy weapons. While they don't yet resemble something you would see in a science fiction movie, they are moving towards that. High powered COIL lasers have been mounted onto Boeing 747s to shoot down incoming ICBMs (YAL-1), slightly lower powered lasers are used to destroy targets on the ground from airplanes (Advanced Tactical laser) or trucks (Mobile Tactical High Energy Laser), microwaves are used to heat the water in peoples skin to around 130F causing debilitating pain (Active Denial System), very low powered lasers are used to temporarily blind and disorient targets, and so on.