Ka-pow! Ka-pow! Military Contractor Working On Arming Drones With Laser Guns

October 11, 2015Oct 11, 2015

Star Trek might be getting just a little closer to real life.

According to Defense One, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc, the company that develops the Predator and Reaper drones, is now working on arming them with high-powered lasers that can shoot down enemy drones and even blow holes in boats.

But don't expect colorful laser beams zipping back and forth like in a science fiction movie. Although their impact can create an impressive fireball, the actual laser beams are invisible.

One of the biggest tasks for GA-ASI is getting the weapon to be small enough to stick onto a drone. The company is shooting for completion sometime in 2017.