Lasers Come to the Digital Battlefield in New Exercise

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Source: U.S. Air Force photo/Todd Berenger, https://media.defense.gov/2021/Jan/27/2002571809/-1/-1/0/210114-F-WV904-1023.JPG
Source: U.S. Air Force photo/Todd Berenger, https://media.defense.gov/2021/Jan/27/2002571809/-1/-1/0/210114-F-WV904-1023.JPG

February 17, 2021 | Originally published by Air Force Magazine on February 5, 2021

The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory’s Directed Energy Directorate held a wargaming, modeling, and simulation event to evaluate the capabilities of directed energy for the future battlefield. According to this article, F-16 pilots, F-15E weapon system officers, and an E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System air battle manager practiced navigating situations with a simulated laser weapon on a fighter jet that is similar to the Self-Protect High-Energy Laser Demonstrator. This exercise allowed the pilots to engage in scenarios using an airborne laser to defeat incoming threats.

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