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US military's RAY-GUN truck BLASTS DRONES, mortars OUT OF THE SKY
The Register ^ | 13th December 2013 | Iain Thomson

Posted on 12/14/2013 9:38:08 PM PST by pluvmantelo

In month-long tests at the White Sands missile range in new Mexico, the High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator (HELMD) blew up 90 mortar rounds and several aerial drones using a 10kW-class laser mounted on an armored vehicle.

"We had considerable success," Terry Bauer, Army program manager for HELMD told the Christian Science Monitor.

The HELMD system uses radar (or as the military calls it "Enhanced Multi Mode Radar") to track targets and focus the laser on them. Once locked, the laser raises the temperature of mortar shells to the point where the explosives they contain combust.

"It falls as a single piece of metal with a little bit of shrapnel. It basically falls where it was going to fall, but it doesn’t explode when it hits the ground," Bauer said. “We turn it into a rock, basically.”


TOPICS: Military/Veterans
KEYWORDS: laser; laserweapons
Oh boy, a raygun. Now, if they can just get the flying car out the door, I can die a happy man.
1 posted on 12/14/2013 9:38:08 PM PST by pluvmantelo
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To: pluvmantelo

Yeah, that’s the weapon I want “you-know-who” to have in his arsenal when he declares martial law.


2 posted on 12/14/2013 9:40:46 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet ("Of the 4 wars in my lifetime none came about because the US was too strong." Reagan)
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To: pluvmantelo

Will a hand held model be coming out soon?


3 posted on 12/14/2013 9:42:41 PM PST by oldbrowser ("From each according to their ability, to each according to their needs" .....Marx)
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To: pluvmantelo
Aren't there plans to deploy 30,000 surveillance drones on US airspace within a decade? Even Amazon plans on delivering light packages via drones in the not-to-distant future.

Wait until AQ or some ME sleeper cell gets their hands on one of these babies.

I don't see a lot of good coming from these developments.

4 posted on 12/14/2013 9:43:51 PM PST by MichaelCorleone (Jesus Christ is not a religion. He's the Truth.)
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To: MichaelCorleone

Truth be told, the new generation of spy satellites can probably see anything current drones can although their time over target is more limited.


5 posted on 12/14/2013 9:45:41 PM PST by volunbeer (We must embrace austerity or austerity will embrace us)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks pluvmantelo.


6 posted on 12/14/2013 9:46:22 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: pluvmantelo

Sky mortars.

Cool.


7 posted on 12/14/2013 9:51:07 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: pluvmantelo

Not me. I’m holding out for my personal jetpack.


8 posted on 12/14/2013 9:57:41 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: pluvmantelo
Coming soon, the "Moonraker" model, as we fight China for domination of the Moon and orbit...


9 posted on 12/14/2013 10:00:13 PM PST by montag813 (NO AMNESTY * ENFORCE THE LAW * http://StandWithArizona.com)
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To: pluvmantelo

Chinese probably bought/ stole the technology from us already.


10 posted on 12/14/2013 10:00:56 PM PST by Williams (No Obama)
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To: Cyber Liberty

Anti-gravity devices for my flak vest and field pack —


11 posted on 12/14/2013 10:03:51 PM PST by imardmd1 (Fiat Lux)
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To: pluvmantelo

12 posted on 12/14/2013 10:05:54 PM PST by Wiggins
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To: pluvmantelo

And there are those who think “we” can win against “them” with handguns.


13 posted on 12/14/2013 10:18:48 PM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: VerySadAmerican

No one wins force-on-force with the US military.

Still guys in black pajamas and guys with rags on their heads can win by other methods.


14 posted on 12/14/2013 10:39:04 PM PST by null and void (I'm betting on an Obama Trifecta: A Nobel Peace Prize, an Impeachment, AND a War Crimes Trial...)
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To: MichaelCorleone

"Hey Bubba look at the size of that mosquito, blam blam blam smoke and sputtering engine.

"Bubba, do mosquitoes have propellers?"

15 posted on 12/14/2013 11:49:35 PM PST by cpdiii
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To: VerySadAmerican

Guns don’t win wars, will wins wars.


16 posted on 12/15/2013 12:10:39 AM PST by RC one
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To: pluvmantelo

I see really shiny mortar shells coming to a drone near you.

Drone’s don’t need to carry their explosives, the GPS coordinates will be enough to take you out and then these lasers will be much less effective.


17 posted on 12/15/2013 12:57:34 AM PST by If You Want It Fixed - Fix It
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To: pluvmantelo

Tesla?


18 posted on 12/15/2013 3:23:38 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: pluvmantelo

If they see a chubby, bearded, old guy riding a sleigh through the air pulled by reindeer, I hope they’ll hold their fire.


19 posted on 12/15/2013 3:23:57 AM PST by Jack Hammer
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To: Jack Hammer

Is this guy you’re describing WHITE?


20 posted on 12/15/2013 3:56:57 AM PST by Renegade
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To: volunbeer

And if you need optical imagery, weather may inhibit a satellite more than a drone...


21 posted on 12/15/2013 4:55:09 AM PST by Phinneous
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To: VerySadAmerican

The folks in Afghanistan have been doing OK since 1979.


22 posted on 12/15/2013 5:10:24 AM PST by Vermont Lt (If you want to keep your dignity, you can keep it. Period........ Just kidding, you can't keep it.)
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To: pluvmantelo

Well, they’ve got it. Now it starts the miniaturization process. In a few years they will be to CCW rules.


23 posted on 12/15/2013 5:16:33 AM PST by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINEhttp://steshaw.org/economics-in-one-lesson/)
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To: pluvmantelo

I want one, don’t see it on Amazon or EBay yet.


24 posted on 12/15/2013 5:21:00 AM PST by ThePatriotsFlag (...and to the Republic for which it stood.)
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To: pluvmantelo
"A highly visible laser truck is going to be the first thing any enemy will want to take out."

The fix for that is, of course, decoys. If you can get the enemy to focus all of its resources on a few decoys, you find out where he is and what he's got with just a few cardboard boxes.

25 posted on 12/15/2013 5:54:45 AM PST by norwaypinesavage (Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
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