Last week on December 2, Lockheed Martin successfully conducted a test of their Multiple Kill Vehicle-L at the National Hover Test Facility at Edwards Air Force Base in California. The test was conducted to see whether the machine could hover in the air for an extended period of time while locked onto a target. In the end, the MKV-L managed to hover for about 20 seconds at a height of 23 feet while locked onto a target.

At first, I thought the rapid-fire sound was the machine shooting bullets, but upon further viewing, I realized that it was most likely the sound of the rocket that keeps in afloat in the air. In fact, I’m not even sure that this thing is firing any sort of projectile (it’s simply locked onto a target).

Check out the hi-res image of the one above at Lockheed Martin. And below is the test video that was released with the image that shows several different views of the test.