The US Army is planning to deploy the first laser weapons in 2023, it has been revealed.  Mary J. Miller, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for Research and Technology, told the House Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities ‘I believe we’re very close,’ when asked how close the Army is to developing offensive and defensive directed-energy weapons. She said the programmes would be extensively tested as the Army wants to understand the lasers’ full capabilities ‘before we offer it to a Soldier.’

‘It’s being done in a ‘step-wise demonstration of capability,’ she said.  ‘We have to make sure the lasers work and do the full set of scopes against the threats we project. And those threats include the counter-rockets, counter-artillery and counter-mortar as well as [Unmanned Aerial Vehicle] and cruise missile threats.’ Miller explained that the Army wants to understand the lasers’ full capabilities ‘before we offer it to a Soldier.’ READ MORE