Whither the ray gun?

A NYT story on the debut of the Zeus directed-energy weapon makes a minor error:

Sci-Fi Ray Gun Debuts in Iraq

I tremble to type this, but here goes: The ray gun has finally become a reality.

At least that’s what the Economist reports. It says a “directed-energy weapon” named Zeus (presumably because of his fondness for hurling lightning bolts) has been deployed in the back of a Humvee in Iraq. It’s being tested by soldiers who are using its laser beam to detonate roadside bombs from a safe distance of 300 meters.

(Via Instapundit.)

It’s reasonable to assume that the Zeus is in Iraq; that’s certainly the only reasonable place for it to be. But the Economist (as I noted two weeks ago) doesn’t actually say that. It only says:

At the moment, there is only one Zeus in the field. It is sitting in the back of a Humvee in an undisclosed theatre of war.

A minor offense, to be sure, but the NYT story does little other than repeat the Economist story, so it doesn’t seem like too much to hope that it could get it right.

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