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Lockheed Martin's New Killer Laser Puts Israel's Iron Dome To Shame [Video]
Business Insider ^ | 12/19/2012 | Robert Johnson

Posted on 12/19/2012 8:22:50 AM PST by SeekAndFind

Using lasers for tracking objects through the sky has been possible for years, but there's never been anything like Lockheed's new laser defense system successfully tested last week.

It's not that using high-powered lasers to drop incoming missiles is anything new, and was achieved by Boeing with a nine-year Air Force project that was canceled in 2011. That monster laser was packed into a 747 and designed to head off ballistic missiles fired at the U.S. from very far away. Raytheon then tested their laser defense on a drone for the Navy in 2010, but now Lockheed's distilled the process down for battlefield troops.

Here's how it works: Imagine being shacked up with a handful of others at a Forward Operating Base, way, way into enemy territory beyond any immediate help, behind some makeshift stone walls and plywood. Some are sleeping, while others stand watch using night vision to leach signs of danger from dark. When the attack comes it starts with shoulder launched rockets — but rather than just seeing the flash and yelling for cover, the troops are protected by Area Defense Anti-Munitions.

Called ADAM, the small white trailer with the big laser takes its cue from radar blanketing the area three miles out. The radar has already kicked the laser awake when the guys on watch saw the flash. By the time they're diving for cover and warning their buddies, the ADAM has locked onto the rocket and is burning it out of the sky from over a mile away.

After keeping everyone from getting blown up, ADAM would then afford troops the time to coordinate their counter-attack where even more lives would be saved.

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TOPICS: Military/Veterans; Science
KEYWORDS: irondome; laser; lockheedmartin; missiledefense
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1 posted on 12/19/2012 8:23:00 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
It's not that using high-powered lasers to drop incoming missiles is anything new, and was achieved by Boeing with a nine-year Air Force project that was canceled in 2011.

Success? Hmmmmmmmmm. Better kill that project.

2 posted on 12/19/2012 8:35:14 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (Republicans have made themselves useless, toothless, and clueless.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Super! Turn it on incoming troops. Melt a few and the rest will get the message.


3 posted on 12/19/2012 8:53:21 AM PST by Jacquerie ("How few were left who had seen the republic!" - Tacitus, The Annals)
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To: SeekAndFind

We already had this in 1975 tested in Nevada against aircraft.duhhhh.


4 posted on 12/19/2012 8:55:27 AM PST by bunkerhill7
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5 posted on 12/19/2012 9:03:47 AM PST by rustyncrusty (Where liberty dwells, there is my country. - Ben Franklin)
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To: SeekAndFind

Why is BI the business propaganda arm for the administration comming up with this now ?


6 posted on 12/19/2012 9:23:09 AM PST by mosesdapoet ("A voice crying in the wilderness make streight for the way of the Lord")
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To: SeekAndFind

Practical battlefield laser weapons are still some years away from production and deployment. Aside from the limited case of population and area defense for the Israel, the energy and equipment requirements for high energy lasers make defensive naval use the most likely venue for large scale use.


7 posted on 12/19/2012 9:26:14 AM PST by Rockingham
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To: bunkerhill7

This is about 1/4 the size.


8 posted on 12/19/2012 9:31:46 AM PST by bmwcyle (We have gone over the cliff and we are about to hit the bottom)
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To: SeekAndFind
Called ADAM, the small white trailer with the big laser takes its cue from radar blanketing the area three miles out. The radar has already kicked the laser awake when the guys on watch saw the flash. By the time they're diving for cover and warning their buddies, the ADAM has locked onto the rocket and is burning it out of the sky from over a mile away.

Yeah, with a max range of 2 klicks, you're going to need a lot of small white trailers for coverage - PROFIT!

Iron Dome, already 70km. interception range.

9 posted on 12/19/2012 9:35:08 AM PST by Oztrich Boy (By doubting we come to inquiry, and through inquiry we perceive truth. -; Peter Abelard)
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To: ClearCase_guy

They didn’t cancel it because it was successful. They cancelled it because it was only marginally successful, with big cost overruns, and other technologies proved cheaper and more effective. We don’t have to rely on the speed of lasers to intercept projectiles anymore, because we have better targeting and guidance systems, so we can hit a missile with a much cheaper and more reliable weapon than a laser.


10 posted on 12/19/2012 9:43:24 AM PST by Boogieman
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To: SeekAndFind

11 posted on 12/19/2012 10:07:39 AM PST by jonatron (This is the Land of the Free, the Home of the Brave.)
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To: SeekAndFind

12 posted on 12/19/2012 10:10:56 AM PST by jonatron (This is the Land of the Free, the Home of the Brave.)
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To: Oztrich Boy

And uses a $50,000 missile to kill a $500 rocket.
Profit!


13 posted on 12/19/2012 10:18:07 AM PST by SJSAMPLE
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To: Boogieman

Yep.
It could only kill missiles in the boost phase, when they’re the most vulnerable. That required the modified 747 to run a very predicatable racetrack pattern along the FEBA or hostile border.

Although, the variable cost of a laser firing (especially a solid-state laser) is signicicantly less than a guided missile. So, you might have a higher fixed cost and overhead, but much smaller variable costs per kill.


14 posted on 12/19/2012 10:21:54 AM PST by SJSAMPLE
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To: SJSAMPLE; neverdem; SunkenCiv; MHGinTN; CPOSharky

Between 1996 and 2004, the Army’s Theater High Energy laser (THEL) project out of Huntsville Alabama was shooting down inbound rockets with a liquid-fueled high energy laser.

The THEL looked much like a 30 inch diameter searchlight, also mounted on top of a “trailer-like” portable shipping container. The laser liquid fuel was in pressurized H2O2 and other tanks, also containerized.

So, of course, if I were opposing this system, first thing I’d do would be dropping a couple of dozen “dumb” mortar rounds .... on top of the radar. 8<)


15 posted on 12/19/2012 12:55:16 PM PST by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE

You could do the same thing against a missile-based system.
Force protection is already a strategy for ADA sites.


16 posted on 12/19/2012 1:21:21 PM PST by SJSAMPLE
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To: SJSAMPLE

It was still good that we developed the weapons, even if they didn’t prove practical. We came up with some innovations that we can use in astronomy and other applications, which we might not have discovered without all that fat federal funding chasing a weapons system :)


17 posted on 12/19/2012 3:23:50 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: Boogieman

Agreed.
R&D is fine as long as you don’t rush into production.


18 posted on 12/19/2012 4:22:13 PM PST by SJSAMPLE
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To: 20yearvet

ping


19 posted on 12/19/2012 7:23:27 PM PST by S.O.S121.500 (That Queer Kenyan muzzy bastard is not my president. ENFORCE the Bill of Rights.)
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To: SeekAndFind
After keeping everyone from getting blown up, ADAM would then afford troops the time to coordinate their counter-attack where even more lives would be saved.

Well, save lives, except for the bad guys. Bada ping!

20 posted on 12/19/2012 7:36:27 PM PST by Alas Babylon!
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; ...

Thanks Robert A. Cook, PE. I want one!


21 posted on 12/19/2012 8:40:36 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SeekAndFind

This is so ‘70s.


22 posted on 12/20/2012 2:05:22 AM PST by cunning_fish
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