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US Senate budgeting $200 million in 2018 to speed laser and microwave weapons

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There's no shortage of U.S. military interest in battlefield lasers and other directed-energy weapons. From truck-mounted lasers to high-powered microwaves that take down small drones, the Army, Navy, and Air Force are all exploring the possibilities. But congressional leaders say for all that interest, the technology's not getting into the field fast enough.

The $200 million the Senate bill provides could be used to prototype various directed energy weapons at the assistant secretary's discretion, it highlights several "specific missions in which directed energy could provide solutions to capability gaps," including fighting off UAVs, rockets, artillery, and mortars.

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