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#420651 - 20th Jul 2010 4:47pm US Test 'Star Wars' Lasers To Shoot Planes
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US Test 'Star Wars' Lasers To Shoot Planes




Battle scenes only witnessed in sci-fi movies could soon become reality after the US military tested a new laser weapon


The powerful laser has been successfully used to shoot down four unmanned aircraft in flight.

The tests were carried out in May by the US Navy and Raytheon, a weapon manufacturer.

In a black-and-white video, reminiscent of early science fiction films, an aircraft flying across the sky is seen suddenly bursting into fire.

In the next instant it is plunging into the sea.

According to Raytheon the video shows the power of a so-called solid-state laser.

The power of Laser Close-In Weapons System (CIWS) is based on a 50 kilowatt beam it produces.

The beam is invisible. On the video it can be seen only when it hits its target.

The technology uses a tracking system from Raytheon to focus six solid-state lasers simultaneously on the target.

The results were revealed on Monday at Farnborough International Air Show.

A similar laser has been successfully tested on destroying static mortars and incoming mortar shells over land.

The earlier method produced a beam from a chemical reaction. It was too cumbersome to use.

Solid-state lasers are considered more practical as they use glass or ceramic material to generate their beam.

The technology, that the company described as "more real than Star Wars", will go through further testing.

Military experts have said the laser represents a new age in military technology.

Army planners expect to be able to use lasers on their own or see them incorporated in conventional weapons systems.

According to Mike Booen, vice president of Raytheon, it would take until 2016 until such a weapon is fully developed for combat.



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#420758 - 21st Jul 2010 9:13am Re: US Test 'Star Wars' Lasers To Shoot Planes [Re: ]
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#420807 - 21st Jul 2010 4:25pm Re: US Test 'Star Wars' Lasers To Shoot Planes [Re: ]
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that is scary stuff. wonder what the range is and how it will be used and on what, the cops wil probably use it on speeding motorists if they get one,tee hee

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#420823 - 21st Jul 2010 6:38pm Re: US Test 'Star Wars' Lasers To Shoot Planes [Re: diesel]
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Range will be infinate i shud think, as light is! Depends on the output of the power supply used, i know this is 50kw, but cant work it out!

Its not new technology anyhow, they have robbed the idea off scrote dickheads using laser pens to blind pilots!! laugh
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#420836 - 21st Jul 2010 7:57pm Re: US Test 'Star Wars' Lasers To Shoot Planes [Re: hoseman]
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Pre-dates the laser pens even, laser weapons have been going since the 1970's

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Range of these weapons is quite complicated, there is always a bit of divergence of the rays, scatter off particles, reflection off water vapour and absorption in gases. In the vacuum of space the only significant limit to range is the divergence.
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#420837 - 21st Jul 2010 8:03pm Re: US Test 'Star Wars' Lasers To Shoot Planes [Re: diggingdeeper]
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#424430 - 10th Aug 2010 3:40pm Re: US Test 'Star Wars' Lasers To Shoot Planes [Re: StuyMac]
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There is another topic about this somewhere. The technology isn't complicated. They tried it for shooting down satelites (read ballistic missiles) but missed the satelite and released a metre wide beam of 8 seconds duration of massive energy into space which will carry on forever at the speed of light until it hits something (hopefully an asteriod and not something belonging to a race more intelligent than us!)
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