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BBC Documentary THE FUTURE OF AIRPOWER Military Discovery Science Documentary HD 720p.mp4

May 19, 2019



I you the battlefields of the future will be more dangerous than ever in the 21st century there will be threats to our freedom and security like never before but will we be ready battles will be fought on land and sea but they will not be won without supremacy in the air Angier the incredible world of 21st century compact air power is the dominant strategic course it's our power that lets you influence events and respond to events quickly its air power that lets you fight a war without putting hundreds of thousands of people on the ground to date Air Force f-15s have one more than 150 dog fights against enemy fighters without a single loss and the Navy f-18 Hornet is widely recognized as the world's best carrier-based fighter bomber but in the future neither the f-15 nor the f-18 will be able to survive against deadly enemy anti-aircraft missiles surface-to-air missiles or sams are going to represent the biggest threat low sorry formidable systems developed in Russia or China will have to be taken out of action very quickly in any future conflict the fighter of the future will need to be stealthy to slip past enemy radar it must be able to take out anti-aircraft installations and it must out dogfight any enemy fighters yet in the way that future fighter is already here the f-22 Raptor the air dominance fighter of the 21st century developed by Lockheed Martin this Advanced Tactical Fighter has been designed to be the first plane to cross enemy lines clearing the way for all other forces the f-22 is both an air-to-air fighter and an air to surface fighter so it can drop precision weapons that means it'll be able to go in early in a conflict knock out all the air defenses that an enemy has and also take out certain ground targets and open the door for all the US forces whether they're ground vehicles or other aircraft to come in and continue the fight the development of the f-22 Raptor first began in 1985 when the Air Force requested proposals for an advanced tactical fighter jet to replace the f-15 air superiority fighter military planners feared that the f-15 would not be able to counter new air and ground threats on the horizon the result was the creation of the f-22 the capability of the aircraft is a quantum leap above what exists right now and it's going to take air power and revolutionize it into a whole new world in the battles of the future stealth will be critical for all new fighters to avoid being seen by enemy radar none southie aircraft just will not survive in the air battles of tomorrow stealth technology was created to counter advances in radar radar works by sending out radio waves and measuring the amount reflected back to determine the distance speed and course of an object but stealth aircraft are designed with surfaces that deflect radio waves away making them nearly invisible to radar the world's first stealth production aircraft was the f-117 nighthawk the reason that airplane is faceted is a limitation of the computer technology at the time it's easier to model a finite number of flat surfaces than it has a bunch of curved surfaces and while the aircraft was a breakthrough at the time the facets limited the plane aerodynamically but now thanks to more powerful computers engineers can design aircraft that do not have to sacrifice aerodynamics for stealth the fna 22 aerodynamic slickness allows it to have the lowest drag of almost any aircraft ever produced the f-22s aerodynamic superiority combined with its stealth and firepower make it a far better adversary than any aircraft before it the f-15 which the f-22 will replace has been a very successful fighter but it is not stealthily the f-117 while stealthy carries no air to air weapons and is not designed for air combat it relies on stealth and mission planning to protect itself but the f-22 on the other hand is not only stealthy but comes with a full complement of air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons the primary armament is in weapons bays underneath the airplane where we carry six medium-range radar-guided missiles by carrying the weapons internally it preserves the stealthy shape of the plane for closer in fighting the f-22 has short-range missiles and guns behind these two doors right here is the side weapons bay this is where we carry he's seeking missile for close-in armament the Raptors equipped with the m60 182 cannon the muzzle is hid right behind this door right here it's hidden because of the stealth characteristics of the airplane cannon carries 480 rounds is capable of shooting 100 rounds a second the f-22s advanced weapons systems will make it a formidable interceptor as will its unique ability to find enemy aircraft without revealing its own position when other planes use their radar they become visible to every other radar system in the area but that's not the case with the f-22 perhaps the highest tech part of the airplane is the radome itself not only does ray don't have to be stealthy but it has to be able to transmit and receive its own radar signals how the f-22 radar achieves that remarkable feat is classified but what is known is that the f-22 can see enemy aircraft at a distance while remaining invisible to them the first time that the bad guys we really know there's an f-22 in here is when one of them blows up along with this advanced radar system f-22 is the first fighter to have super cruise ability to travel faster than the speed of sound without using its afterburners a Jets afterburners boost speed by pouring fuel directly into the hot blast of the engines adding fiery extra thrust but after burners are also wasteful consuming enormous amounts of fuel dramatically affecting the range and duration of a plane's mission but the f-22 doesn't have that problem without using afterburners it can super cruise at an incredible one and a half times the speed of sound over 1,000 miles per hour this is all about our pilots being able to go fast minimize the amount of time they are exposed to any threat do the mission that we've sent them to do turn around and come home safely the f-22 is presently the only fighter in the world with supercruise but it wouldn't be possible without a very unique set of engines the goals for pratt whitney were to provide a transformational engine that the Air Force needed one that was stealthy maintainable and fast the f1 19 pw 100 was developed by pratt & whitney after years of research it sets the new standard for jet engines along with its incredible supersonic ability the f1 19 incorporates thrust vectoring here we are at the rear end of an FA 22 Raptor first thing you'll notice of the nozzles for the f1 19 engines in flight during a maneuvering dogfight they actually move up and down and vector the thrust of the engine to provide maneuverability it helps us turn inside any foe maneuver at low or high speeds to outmaneuver another airplane or potentially an enemy weapon that's headed towards us the f-22 stealth super cruise and vector thrusting are impressive breakthroughs it's most outstanding feature maybe its ability to nearly fly itself through advanced computerized controls it relieves the pilot of all the duties gives a pilot total freedom to just look out engaged in the combat scenario in addition to monitoring its own performance the f-22 constantly gathers data on other aircraft in the combat area and presents the most important information to the pilot we're going to have information passed to us from either unmanned vehicles or from off board sensors so that we can integrate data and use that information for targeting and it's the way that we are driving our forces in warfare we are much more integrated with both other services and with other platforms and the f-22 fits right into that concept the f-22 Raptors total package of avionics stealth super cruise thrust vectoring make it the most technologically advanced fighter today I've never been in an airplane that accelerates as fast this is agile the ability to turn very sharply and it just brings a great combination of the the speed the stealth and the avionics to the fight that nobody else is going to be able to touch but there will be future competitors like the Russian Sukhoi 37 which features thrust vectoring and a radical forward swept wing design and the fifth-generation MIG the 1.2 to which some have nicknamed the f-22 ski the Russians are still very active aircraft developers they've got a variety of technologies that they're continuing to improve upon and that can be made available to our future enemies and so that's why we have to stay on top of the technology that we are developing to make sure that it is able to take out anything that other countries develop when you look at the adoption by China of the su-27 in fact that it'll probably be modernized and improved but that brings up a need for more advanced fighter aircraft in the US and that's one of the main reasons why the Air Force is so insistent on the need to have the f-22 in addition to Russia other US allies are producing advanced interceptors for exponent that are superior to the f-15 such as Sweden's jas 39 gripen and Frances new Raphael Germany Italy and the UK have joined forces to create a Eurofighter the typhoon if these planes fall into unfriendly hands the US Air Force will need the f-22 to maintain their advantage we are always going to go into war wanting to have that air dominance and the f-22 is going to be the big boy on the block that can help us to do that in future combat the f-22 is to be joined by another stealthy aircraft the f-35 Joint Strike Fighter the ground attack bomber of the future designed for the US Air Force Navy Marines and Britain's Royal Navy the question is will it work for every user the rules of war have changed brute force has given wage a high tech in conventional weapons of the past no longer be effective in future battles the f-22 will be the first fighter to cross enemy lines surgically removing air and ground targets next in the f-35 Joint Strike Fighter the attack bomber of the future it will assume care to ground attack role for the US military the f-35 can carry heavy weapons externally for maximum effect but when a smaller payload is carried internally it is nearly as stealthy as the vaunted f-117 nighthawk it has a significant amount of stealth capability to allow it to be used early on in a campaign and it has a significant amount of weapons carrying and payload capability to be used the later stages of campaign the threat to the airplanes may not be a significant and require those stealth the development of the f-35 was driven by the Armed Forces desire to save costs by creating a ground attack bomber that would meet the needs of the Air Force Navy Marines and Britain's royal need airplanes are becoming very expensive these days and we had to do something be at the cost of these airplanes back down to a reasonable level the f-35 is expected to cost about 40 million dollars one-third the cost of an f-22 Raptor but could one basic airframe be designed to satisfy so many different military demands each armed service wanted a stealthy ground attack bomber but the Marines also needed a plane with short takeoff and vertical landing capability the US Navy required a craft with larger wings heavy duty landing gear and an arresting hook for carrier landings and the wings would have to fold up to save deck space the size and scope of the JSF program is pretty significant the airplane is being designed to replace the f-16 in the a-10 for the Air Force the av-8b for the Marine Corps and the FAA team for the Navy unlike the twin-engine f-22 Raptor the f-35 Joint Strike Fighter was designed around a single engine to keep down not only costs but wait a lighter plane can carry more weapons for the Joint Strike Fighter one of the keys of its mission is the ability to handle a large amount of ordnance and bring it to an enemy site that all works better with a single engine the Air Force version of the Joint Strike Fighter the f-35a made its first flight attempt on october twenty fourth two thousand Tom Morgan phone who had been a test pilot for the f-22 Raptor was at the controls well million things are going through your mind your eyes are everywhere you're listening you're watching your senses are tuned to an incredible level because you're sensing and feeling the airplane for the very first time it flies wonderfully it's definitely a pilot's airplane the Air Force testing went smoothly next a navy version was built with heavy duty landing gear and wider wings for the slow speeds needed to land on carriers Navy test pilots flew touch and gos demonstrating the f-35s ability to land within the space of a carrier's flight deck but the most difficult challenge still lay ahead for the f-35 program the Marine Corps needed a version that could perform short takeoffs and vertical landings stovall for short the stole capability is extremely important to the Marine Corps because the airplane can go just about anywhere that the rest of the forces can go it's not limited to needing a large runway it doesn't need a really big ship to operate off of engineers at Lockheed Martin the designers of the f-35 Joint Strike Fighter took a hard look at the av-8b Harrier the stovall fighter that the new aircraft would have to improve upon the Harrier is a great airplane if you look at the fact that it's basically 1960s technology it's achieving all those wondrous stovall flight sort of maneuvers without the aid of a lot of computers the Harriers ability to take off hover and land vertically is achieved by vector thrust the powerful force of its jet engine is directed downwards through four nozzles that can pivot 90 degrees I was brought in because i am a Harrier pilot from was 1600 hours in that airplane so all of the lessons learned I have from the Harrier airframe operational experience I have I was able to bring to the program and use those to help evaluate the X 35 stove over for hovering engineers gambled on a radical new system they planned to supplement the vectored thrust method by harnessing the jet engine to a drive shaft that would power a fan to blast air downward a 1991 we unveiled us shaft-driven lift fan system to the technical world some actually said you got to be kidding me are you guys serious the lift fan required doors to open behind the pilot on the top and bottom of the plane to draw in more air the fan would blast air down midship while the jet nozzle in back swivel blowing its powerful exhaust down to create a balanced lift force the shaft driven lift fan system allows you to harness a lot more energy out of what the engine is producing but harnessing a jet engine to a drive shaft proved to be extremely difficult the mechanical energy we were dealing with in the shaft irvin lift fan a system was very large we had 28 thousand horsepower being transmitted from the drive shaft from the main engine to the lift fan and that's similar to the power going through a u.s. naval destroyer the lift fans ability to blend large amounts of cool air with the hot jet exhaust provided another important benefit one of the things we learned in jsf was to combine the jet exhaust to get a lower combined temperature than the harrier this allowed us to avoid some of the problems with concrete where the concrete would actually burst and explode under the high temperature and high jet exhaust from the Harrier at the Lockheed Martin test facility in Palmdale California the revolutionary lift fan system was put to the ultimate test in the air if the lift fan failed during hover the plane would crash it made its first flight in 2001 and it was complete success and at that time I didn't hear any more from the people who had been saying for years this thing will never work it worked now all three versions of the f-35 for the Air Force Navy and Marines are being developed and further tested for mass production the United States Britain and their allies are expected to order more than 4,000 Joint Strike Fighters which will replace most American built fighter bombers in use today the handling qualities of performance are stunning really is a pilot's airplane it sort of makes you feel like a little boy you want to take it home and tuck it under the pillow with you at night it's just a pilot's airplane in future air conflicts the f-22s will be used to establish air dominance then waves of stealthy f-35 Joint Strike Fighters will use their superior weapons carrying abilities to attack other major ground targets the Joint Strike Fighter is going to be the backbone airplane for hauling Freight it is going to be the muscle part of sustained forces commanders can also alter an f-35 s mission in the air as situations change during the battle there are a variety of ways for the f-35 to bring in information from external platforms other airplanes flying on the battlefield satellite-based assets ground-based assets all that information can be presented to the pilot in the cockpit and allow him to be more of a tactician it managed the tactics of the game that day instead of worrying about the nuances of flying the airplane the pilots job will be to supervise the process of identifying the target and then to give consent for weapons release the Joint Strike Fighter will be able to carry a wide range of weapons to include the heavier weapons such as the 2,000 pound bunker busters and 2,000 pound of blast weapons the Joint Strike Fighters one-ton bunker busters and blast bombs will be guided their targets with pinpoint precision by jdam tail kits the joint direct attack munition or jdam is a kit that can be put on any bomb to give it the brains to know where to go and the movable tail fins to guide it there JDAM is a guidance kit that came after Desert Storm this little round piece on the side there is an inertial navigation clock now this clock instead of measuring seconds measures feet if you take the unit and you tell it where it is right now electronically and then you move it back a foot or you move it up a foot it measures every centimeter in every distance the bomb knows the coordinates of where the airplane is and it also knows the coordinates of where the target is and when the weapon is released from the airplane it simply flies from one set of coordinates to the other and does its thing when it gets there because a JDAM is directed by GPS or Global Positioning satellites it can hit targets regardless of visibility the way we use it is by employing it against targets that we cannot normally see visually whether it is due to weather smoke haze or just some sort of other thing that's obscuring the target as a jdam falls its inertial clock keeps track of its position and signals the tail to make course corrections directing it to the target the accuracy of new weapons like J dams will reduce collateral damage it also makes the f-35 an even more formidable weapon system the new weapons such as a jdam really reduced the need for the number of sorties and that reduces our risk because we're not exposed to enemy threats as often the f-35s combination of advanced weapons avionics and stealth will help it ensure its success over the battlefields of the future US military planners wondered if these same features could be utilized in a helicopter they wanted a stealth helicopter but could it be done over the last 50 years helicopters have evolved from slow-moving multi-purpose support vehicles to fast-moving front line attack ships but in the high tech Wars of the future speed alone is not enough information is the key there's three elements that are critical to warfare the ability for you to know more than the enemy the ability to maneuver quickly around an enemy and gather more information about them and the ability to provide precision firepower at the enemy in future conflicts after the f-22 Raptors and the f-35 Joint Strike Fighters have cleared the way surveillance and attack helicopters will support ground troops as they move in to secure the area we like to be down low where the action is and we like to be down low where the threat can't see us but at such low altitudes helicopters are vulnerable to a wide assortment of ground to air weapons all the simple systems the guns unguided Rockets the surface to air missiles it's got a deal with all that it's got to deal all of it effectively the Pentagon has responded with a two-pronged strategy to counter this threat inexpensive expendable unmanned helicopters and stealthy manned helicopters unmanned helicopters will be primarily used for surveillance and for gathering targeting information fire scout designed by northrop grumman was specifically developed to take off and land on Navy ships however the key to creating a successful manned helicopter for future combat is to make it stealthy like the f-22 but the question is can it be done achieving stealth and a helicopter is different from stealth in a fixed-wing aircraft you can sound about different signatures radar reflectivity infrared noise all things that will give away an aircraft's position those signatures like heat smoke and sound put helicopters and their pilots at serious risk over the battlefield all the small shoulder-fired missiles which are very effective against helicopters are heat-seeking infrared systems the challenge for engineers was to create a quiet helicopter with very few signatures and a small radar cross-section and that's exactly what Sikorsky has done with the new ra h 66 Comanche in the Comanche with all the stealth capabilities we can defeat the radar threat we can defeat the guy with the shoulder-launched heat-seeking missile and from the guy popping up in the tree our agility defeats him our small size are quiet acoustic signature defeats him often the first thing you hear from a helicopter is the sound of the wake from the main rotor hitting that the wake from the tail rotor in the Comanche the fantail is shrouded so there is no interaction between the fan blade tips and the main rotor tips and it's also candid slightly and those all contribute to reducing the acoustic signature engineers also experimented with the main rotor to find a quieter design if you look at a Comanche it's got a five-blade rotor and what that does is it cuts down the normal chop-chop-chop sound from a helicopter into a more discreet were that kind of blends into the background reducing the heat signature of a helicopter is also essential to making it more survivable when you look at a Comanche the first thing you ask yourself is where is he exhaust where does all this hot air get out of the engine the Comanches exhaust actually escapes through the tail boom where it is instantly dispersed by cool air from the rotor that missile has to have something to home in on and that's a heat signature Comanche defeats that by the engine exhaust being mixed with ambient air and cooling it so that there's no longer a heat plume for that missile to home in on to defeat radar the Comanche utilized the stealth secrets first developed for the f-117 nighthawk there are no radar reflecting right angles on its outer fuselage and all weapons are carried internally to help keep it stealthy shape what's interesting about the helicopters some of the things that achieve stealth actually make the helicopter better things like the retractable landing gear and the retractable weapons bays that also makes it sleeker and faster so once you've bought into the stealth part of it you get other superior attributes the main role of the Comanche is to give commanders an overview of the battlefield by providing up-to-the-minute information comanche is going to be basically they're flying cavalrymen it's going to dart in and out / and cut be a reconnaissance vehicle as Comanches two pilots gather data their computer shares that data with other allied forces when the Comanche finds the enemy he's going to kind of direct like a quarterback just to apply the firepower defeat that enemy engineering advances have also made the Comanche one of the easiest and most forgiving helicopters to fly one thing the Comanche brings that other previous generation helicopters can't bring to the table is the pilot can maneuver the Comanche and virtually any axis without fear of exceeding any limits although it will be used primarily for reconnaissance the Comanche will also be armed for self-defense the Comanche is capable of carrying a wide array of weapons all the way from guided missiles using a laser guidance system heat-seeking missiles which would be more of an air-to-air weapon or unguided rockets and also the latest hellfire is pretty much a fire-and-forget in addition Comanches pilots can ask Allied aircraft to fire missiles their way and can then take over and guide those missiles to their targets if the Comanche is hit its computer system can often fix itself by reassigning vital functions to undamaged computer cards this is where the computer brain of the Comanche is in support of its reconnaissance mission Comanche can control as many as five unmanned aircraft when the Comanche may be employed it may have little vehicles that it launches out so it has its own little eyes over the hill so we can see what's going on without putting itself at risk in addition to launching its own unmanned air vehicles Comanches may be aided on the battlefield by swarms of locusts small intelligent missiles with their own computer brains it's about 31 inches long weighs a little over 100 pounds carries a single warhead has a laser radar in other words it as a scanning laser beam that generates pictures the low-caste also communicate with each other and cooperate in searches and attacks you can have a swarm of locusts each of which has its own eyes each of which is thinking but each of which is communicating with each other send that imagery back to the operators who could either use these as surveillance probes or in fact as weapons themselves weapons like locusts reflect the trends toward electronically linking all Allied forces and weapons so that information can be shared and used by all by networking aircraft over the battlefield with surveillance platforms and other weapons systems commanders can quickly change missions to take advantage of up-to-the-minute information the key to the air battle of the future is not necessarily stealth speed or firepower it's going to be information unmanned air vehicles or UAVs will provide a large part of that information while flying long-duration surveillance missions so will the Air Force of the future have no pilots since the very first use of airplanes in war military planners have looked for ways to make aircraft more effective and more lethal once so secret their very existence was denied by the government unmanned air combat vehicles or you cats are now poised to take the preeminent role in 21st century air combat UAVs are certainly going to change air power in the 21st century you can see it starting to happen today but what we're looking at now is just the beginning because there's going to be more of them and they're going to be better amande aerial vehicles allow the military to do more with less to put more aircraft into the air than you otherwise would be able to because of the limited number of pilots that you might have or where it might be too risky in the future aircraft that have no pilots on board will carry out the most dangerous combat missions today unmanned air vehicles or UAVs are already taking over the role of long-duration surveillance UAVs don't have bothers you lose a UAV in combat and nobody bats an eyelid one of the earliest surveillance UAVs was the predator it was developed in the early 1990s when you look at predator basically they start off as being long endurance systems that can really persist over the battlefield in Afghanistan predators provided critical real-time intelligence and it was there that a predator made an amazing transformation from surveillance to armed aerial attack a car to help our missile and al-qaeda convoy destroyed one of the vehicles in there and at that point across the line from unmanned Aero vehicle into an unmanned combat aerial vehicle today the new predator B can carry up to 10 Hellfire missiles of course its primary mission is still what the military refers to as is our or information surveillance and reconnaissance it's basically a poor man satellite I mean you can bring it in and let it dwell an area UAVs transmit important visual information to battlefield commanders via satellite or other data links once targets had been located identified and catalogue these could be disseminated through other weapons and weapons systems reconnaissance UAVs have multiple ways of conducting surveillance on clear days they use specially stabilized optical lenses that can zoom to high magnification at night they use infrared and under adverse conditions they use synthetic aperture radar to pierce the thickest clouds sand storms or oil field smoke when the radar is reflected back it can also be used to create a 3d image of objects if the enemy chooses to use counter measures or decoys or deception techniques having to beat three systems is a lot harder than one the success of the predator paved the way for the development of an even more advanced high-altitude jet-powered UAV by northrop grumman it's called the global hawk when unlike the predator it was designed to take off fly it's pre-programmed mission and land all on its own thanks to the GPS or global positioning satellite system the Global Hawk is basically a much larger version of the predator it has higher altitude capabilities increased payload it can carry a lot more sensors a lot more communication devices and it can loiter over a battlefield for up to thirty five hours the Global Hawk can stay aloft for a day or more providing constant near real-time video surveillance over an area the size of Illinois predator and Global Hawk give us an up-close view which is something you can't get from a national asset which would be a satellite type of thing though still in development the Global Hawk had a dramatic impact during Operation Iraqi Freedom a single prototype provided information to Allied forces on fifty-five percent of all time sensitive targets including mobile scud missile launchers like the Air Force the Navy wanted its own autonomous UAVs however designing one to take off and land on an aircraft carrier was a tremendous challenge but the engineers at Northrop Grumman were up for it in the summer of 2000 they began working on the x 47 pegasus the artist part of the pegasus program was definitely the flight controls getting on and off the aircraft carrier course is one of the toughest to design problems for an aircraft and doing this with a tailless vehicle like Pegasus certainly was the toughest problem we had that problem was solved by using six innovative surfaces to make the plane climb descend and turn this surface just rotates up the yellow vaughn of course both up and down and then there's another inlay on the lower surface as well the first flight of Pegasus the demonstration was very very successful it lasted approximately 12 minutes there was no human in the loop but could Pegasus without any human assistance land within the tiny space between the arresting cables of an aircraft carrier the engineers came up with an ingenious way to find out and we actually glued a small paint ball down on the bottom of the hook so we can get a clear touchdown point that was quite an achievement that we're very proud of the Navy will use its stealthy UAVs to get targeting information for its guns missiles and fighter aircraft the initial focus has been on information surveillance and reconnaissance to provide targeting information to the Navy's Strike Packages but many future UAVs such as Boeing's x45 unmanned bomber will be heavily armed although flying pre-programmed missions armed UAVs will still need human permission to fire it has to know where friendly forces are on the ground where civilians might be or collateral damage I hitting a church or a mosque might be an issue so there is a element that we always retain we're human in the loop is important you can have a weapon that's doing its own surveillance and has its own ability to engage a target and that gives you a level of dominance that we're just emerging on right now in the not so distant future there will be even more radical aircraft and airborne weapon systems everything from electromagnetic pulse weapons two powerful airborne lasers to hypersonic aircraft that can fly to anywhere in the world in two hours or less but how soon will be high tech secrets become a reality the enigmatic f-117 stealth jet flew in secret for ten years before its existence was revealed to the public some of the unclassified projects that are acknowledged by the Pentagon seem more like science fiction than reality the military is designing a weapon system designed to neutralize an enemy encampment or factory without destroying it and scattering nuclear biological or chemical materials electromagnetic pulse or EMP weapons will blast a highly concentrated magnetic field towards its target overloading and destroying any electrical components the small electromagnetic pulse weapons offer some pretty startling capabilities you can essentially completely destroy an enemy's electronic infrastructure in a very precise way you can fly over a small facility only a couple of acres fire it and suddenly no other computers work no other weapons work and other electronics at all or work researchers are also experimenting with an airborne chemical laser entire aircraft has been turned into a chemical energy plant that points that laser at a target and burns through missiles this aircraft will fly at higher altitudes and will primarily be used for scuds or for holistic targets that would be fired from one country to another American generals don't want a fair fight they want their equipment to be the absolute best in the world so that whatever they come up against they can defeat it quickly and efficiently the battlefield of the future will continue to be a dangerous place but military planners believe that the key to maintaining the security of the United States is to develop the weapon systems of tomorrow today you you

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