Lockheed Martin’s Laser Beams

With their latest weapons demonstration, Lockheed Martin is proving that laser beam canons aren’t reserved just for science fiction. Using the Advanced Test High Energy Asset (or ATHENA), Lockheed burned a hole through a stationary, running vehicle in only a few seconds and from about a mile out. ATHENA focuses multiple fiber-optic lasers into a single beam, unleashing 30 kilowatts of energy into its targets. There’s no word yet on how it will be employed in the future, but we’re guessing Darth Vader would approve.