The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has recently been mandated by Congress to both research and develop laser technology to protect against the deadliest missiles. Yes – we are talking about well-known ballistic missiles, as well as hypersonic missiles developing at an alarming pace.
Lasers versus deadly projectiles. MDA will develop laser systems to shoot down enemy missiles
Such consent was granted under the National Defense Authorization Act for 2022. Under the Act, the Secretary of Defense is required to delegate to the director of MDA the powers to “budgeting, directing and managing targeted energy programs applicable to ballistic and hypersonic missile defense missions, in coordination with other Department of Defense directed energy efforts„.
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Interestingly, the law also underlines the compulsion to prioritize the development of this technology and the management of its transfer to industry “in order to support future operational-relevant capabilities.” The agency itself must be satisfied with this turn of events, as confirmed by the words of Riki Ellison, who heads the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance. This pointed out that this law in a way restores the funding and responsibility MDA had previously had to implement targeted energy technology programs.