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A $150 million Lockheed contract will allow destroyers to use Star Wars technology against smaller targets.
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U.S. Navy To Develop Laser

The laser weapon, once a fanciful notion that was strictly the domain of Hollywood, is moving closer to reality.

Yes, people have been saying that for decades. But now it’s really just a few years away. On Thursday, the U.S. Navy awarded Lockheed Martin Corp. a $150 million contract to develop a high-powered laser system to integrate with a destroyer by 2020.