The U.S. Air Force hopes to begin testing a radical new laser weapon within a year.

The head of Air Force Special Operations Command has revealed the plan will put a laser weapon on an AC-130 gunship.

The weapon would be mounted on the gunship and have its power gradually increased as tests progress.

The laser-armed C-130 project is U.S. Special Operations Command’s top unfunded priority, according to Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, the head of Air Force Special Operations Command.

‘I’m pretty optimistic,’ Webb said of the project Thursday at an Air Force Association-sponsored conference, according to Defence One.

‘There are a lot of vendors that are really contributing to and continue to push that technology along.’

The command has money ‘to do the first steps’ of the project, Webb claimed.

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