The new generation of laser security systems are so big and powerful they are expected to cut down on the proliferation of laser-based weapons, even as their costs are rising rapidly.
They have been hailed as a game-changer in the fight against cyberterrorism and other cybercrime.
They are also widely expected to be adopted by governments as they try to tackle terrorism and cybercrime in countries like India, where more than 20,000 people have been killed in attacks using lasers, guns and explosives in recent years.
A review of laser weapons by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) concluded in May 2016 that the devices posed “significant and growing threats” to US security and “potentially pose a threat to public health, safety and welfare”.
“These devices are highly sophisticated, highly dangerous and highly effective at producing a wide range of lethal effects, and we have seen them used in attacks ranging from the mass murder of innocent people to the slaughter of entire populations,” the report said.
“They have the capability to cause mass casualties, as demonstrated in the Paris and San Bernardino shootings.”
There are many reasons why governments are interested in the devices, says Mark Karpeles, a professor of cyber and homeland security at the University of Southern California.
He points to their use as a form of biological warfare, in which the virus or other bacteria is able to infect a target.
“I think it is a very dangerous way to use the technologies, and they need to be properly tested,” he says.
He also says that the security benefits of the devices are worth the risks.
“There is a danger in developing weapons with these capabilities,” he adds.
The report also says the devices “pose significant and growing” threats to the United States. “
It is the only way to make sure you’re not doing something wrong and not giving terrorists something to work with.”
The report also says the devices “pose significant and growing” threats to the United States.
“Laser-based security systems can be highly lethal, and the devices used in these attacks are extremely sophisticated,” it said.
The devices have been dubbed “Lasersaber”, and have been described as a “game changer”.
They can be fired by a laser, which can travel at high speed and produce intense light, or a laser beam that can be directed at an object.
In a video posted to YouTube in November 2016, a man wearing a helmet and a black mask walks up to a laser with a blade protruding from the back of the gun and fires it.
“You want to know the name of this guy?
I got him,” the man says.
“What you gonna do with that?”
The weapon can also be used to destroy buildings, which is a “huge, massive problem”, the FBI said.
In the US, more than a million people were killed in the attacks in the wake of the November 2016 attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon, which killed nearly 3,000 US soldiers.
The weapons are banned in the US but widely used in countries including China, Israel and the United Arab Emirates.
“These weapons have a real-world application,” Karpels said.
But it is unclear whether such weapons are being used by terrorists or not.
The FBI report found that the lasers in the videos used in the attack were manufactured by the company LaserGuard, which has been under investigation in the United Kingdom for alleged arms deals with Iran.
The firm has also been linked to attacks on Iran, Israel, Israel’s Shin Bet security agency and Hamas, the Palestinian militant group that is a political group in the Palestinian Territories.
It is also a US company that was involved in a $50m (£39m) deal with China in 2010 to make laser weapons, the report found.
The device that is fired in the video was manufactured in 2011 by GigaPower, a California-based company, according to a statement from GigaShield, the company responsible for the lasers.
The company said it had been “actively engaged in an ongoing, independent investigation” into the incidents.
In April, Giga Shield filed a federal lawsuit against LaserGuard alleging that it failed to “fully disclose the fact that the company’s laser weapon system was being used to commit acts of terrorism in the Philippines”.
It also alleges that LaserGuard “lied to the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI” by saying it did not make the devices in the footage.
“GigaShield’s lasers are capable of producing lethal levels of light,” the statement said.
A US judge has ordered the FBI to produce documents related to the case.
“While the FBI has not yet produced any documents or evidence to support this allegation, this is an ongoing investigation and we are confident that it will result in an appropriate remedy,” Giga-Shield’s lawyers wrote in their complaint.