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Ray Guns Near Crossroads to the Battlefield
Scientific American ^ | 5/14/2010 | Stephen Ashley

Posted on 05/16/2010 6:49:36 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld

After more than a century of popular sci-fi fantasies that feature deadly energy weapons, including War of the Worlds, Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers, Star Trek and Star Wars, it looks like the ray gun has finally arrived in the real world.

And even if the first ray guns out of the lab can barely fit on the bed of a 30-ton off-road truck rather than in a soldier’s palm, the novel, "speed-of-light" capabilities that lasers could bring to the battlefield has drawn the keen interest of the Pentagon brass, which spends about $400 million a year on directed-energy beam weapons.

At the end of this year, which marks a half-century of amazing progress in lasers, defense contractors Northrop Grumman and Boeing plan to test-fire a prototype mobile laser weapon against examples of the lethal ordnance—rockets, artillery, mortars—that insurgents in Afghanistan and elsewhere shoot at U.S. troops every day, says Mark Neice, director of the Department of Defense's High Energy Laser Joint Technology Office in Albuquerque, N.M. As long as such an area-defense system is fed electrical power (from the grid or battery packs), its 100-kilowatt, solid-state, or electric, laser should be able to use its “unlimited magazine” of low-cost shots and ultra-precision tracking/targeting system to zap out of the air multiple inbound munitions from several kilometers away, he explains.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abl; battlefield; coil; darpa; directedenergy; directenergy; electriclaser; kilowatt; laser; laserweapons; light; missiledefense; pentagon; rayguns; usaf; usarmy

1 posted on 05/16/2010 6:49:37 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: sonofstrangelove
Ray Guns Near Crossroads to the Battlefield
2 posted on 05/16/2010 6:54:09 PM PDT by Stoat (If you want a vision of the future, imagine a Birkenstock stamping on a human face... forever)
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To: sonofstrangelove; KevinDavis

I think their first real battlefield use will be as anti-aircraft systems. SAL’s, Surface to Air Lasers.


3 posted on 05/16/2010 6:56:15 PM PDT by GeronL (Political Correctness Kills)
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To: sonofstrangelove; Jim Robinson
Getting real tired of that Carly photo, day after day after day after...

Maybe I just need to absent myself from FR for a while.

4 posted on 05/16/2010 6:56:32 PM PDT by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|Remember Neda Agha-Soltan|TV--it's NOT news you can trust)
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To: GeronL

You are correct.


5 posted on 05/16/2010 6:56:49 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld ("You hit somebody with your fist and not with your fingers spread:-General Heinz Guderian)
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To: GeronL

I wish they had SAMs - Surface to Air Masers.


6 posted on 05/16/2010 6:58:29 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (?)
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To: sonofstrangelove

Despite efforts by politicians like Obama, laser and RF weapons will show up on the battlefield within the next 10 years. Unfortunately, they may be fielded by China or Russia.


7 posted on 05/16/2010 7:02:40 PM PDT by Laserman
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To: sionnsar

I agree that the Carly picture is getting old!


8 posted on 05/16/2010 7:03:51 PM PDT by Laserman
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To: Jack Hydrazine

I just thought about Mazer Rackham [sic] from Ender’s Game


9 posted on 05/16/2010 7:05:57 PM PDT by GeronL (Political Correctness Kills)
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To: sionnsar

iCarly looks very annoying doesn’t she?


10 posted on 05/16/2010 7:06:31 PM PDT by GeronL (Political Correctness Kills)
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To: Laserman

The Russians have been working at this since the 1970s at their Shary Shagan Facility in a facility called Terra-3.They built the major Terra-3 laser testing centre at Sary Shagan in the 1970’s, which was eventually equipped with Astrofizika high energy red ruby and carbon dioxide lasers. But the energies were not sufficient for anti-ballistic missile use. The first applications would have to be limited to anti-satellite, and then primarily to blind optical sensors.


11 posted on 05/16/2010 7:07:23 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld ("You hit somebody with your fist and not with your fingers spread:-General Heinz Guderian)
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To: Laserman

ugh.

I hope whoever wins in 2012, not Obama, will get us back on the ball.


12 posted on 05/16/2010 7:07:34 PM PDT by GeronL (Political Correctness Kills)
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To: Laserman

If you would like to see the Terra-3 facility, I would provide you the Earth coordinates:

45.881°N 73.533°E


13 posted on 05/16/2010 7:09:31 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld ("You hit somebody with your fist and not with your fingers spread:-General Heinz Guderian)
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To: sonofstrangelove


14 posted on 05/16/2010 7:10:24 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: sonofstrangelove

Doctor Evil quotes:

Fire the laser!

Mini Me, stop humping the “laser”. Honest to God! Why don’t you and the giant “laser” get a fricken room for God’s sakes?

Okay, no problem. Here’s my second plan. Back in the 60’s, I had a weather changing machine that was, in essence, a sophisticated heat beam which we called a “laser.” Using these “lasers,” we punch a hole in the protective layer around the Earth, which we scientists call the “Ozone Layer.” Slowly but surely, ultraviolet rays would pour in, increasing the risk of skin cancer. That is unless the world pays us a hefty ransom.

You know, I have one simple request. And that is to have sharks with frickin’ laser beams attached to their heads! Now evidently my cycloptic colleague informs me that that cannot be done. Ah, would you remind me what I pay you people for, honestly? Throw me a bone here! What do we have?


15 posted on 05/16/2010 7:11:17 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (?)
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To: sonofstrangelove
The biggest problem is developing an extremely compact and high-powered energy source.

Of course, little things tend to get lost (wrong pocket in the wash) and then before you know it...


16 posted on 05/16/2010 7:14:02 PM PDT by Talisker (When you find a turtle on top of a fence post, you can be damn sure it didn't get there on it's own.)
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To: Laserman; Jim Robinson
I agree that the Carly picture is getting old!

Yah. McWho too.

I fully understand and appreciate the positions involved, but too much of this stuff will result in my departure. Not to mention that it cuts into my readiness to check up on FR from committee meetings (during down times) from which I have established working relationships with liberals.

Maybe I just need a new rule: Access FR ONLY from the "privacy" of my hotel room.

17 posted on 05/16/2010 7:14:47 PM PDT by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|Remember Neda Agha-Soltan|TV--it's NOT news you can trust)
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To: Talisker

Lockheed is working on one.


18 posted on 05/16/2010 7:17:35 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld ("You hit somebody with your fist and not with your fingers spread:-General Heinz Guderian)
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To: sonofstrangelove

MTHEL THEL Mobile / Tactical High Energy Laser
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LThD0FMvTFU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCBwLJjzDJQ


19 posted on 05/16/2010 7:18:13 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (?)
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To: sionnsar

Only 22 days left to stop this RINO... and counting down.


20 posted on 05/16/2010 7:20:31 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (JUST VOTE THEM OUT! teapartyexpress.org)
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To: sonofstrangelove
Smile Smile
21 posted on 05/16/2010 7:23:32 PM PDT by 70times7 (Serving Free Republics' warped and obscure humor needs since 1999!)
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To: Jim Robinson

Keep it on!


22 posted on 05/16/2010 7:28:01 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld ("You hit somebody with your fist and not with your fingers spread:-General Heinz Guderian)
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To: 70times7

Very funny 80s flick.


23 posted on 05/16/2010 7:28:28 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld ("You hit somebody with your fist and not with your fingers spread:-General Heinz Guderian)
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To: sionnsar

I agree, I have not posted in a long time because of that disgusting photo.


24 posted on 05/16/2010 7:45:13 PM PDT by Eye of Unk ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act" G.Orwell)
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To: sonofstrangelove

25 posted on 05/16/2010 7:54:59 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: Stoat

The Laser Technology of the Future:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fpy2ZBUo7yI&feature=related


26 posted on 05/16/2010 8:00:23 PM PDT by DarthVader (That which supports Barack Hussein Obama must be sterilized and there are NO exceptions!)
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To: sionnsar

Me too - sick of looking at it


27 posted on 05/16/2010 8:21:25 PM PDT by ezoeni (http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x32cxf_yuri-bezmenov)
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To: GeronL

Great Book!


28 posted on 05/16/2010 9:11:17 PM PDT by Maelstorm (Tyranny thrives when the people are silent.)
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To: Maelstorm

Yes it is.

I even like the version from Bean’s POV, Ender’s Shadow.


29 posted on 05/16/2010 9:12:44 PM PDT by GeronL (Political Correctness Kills)
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To: sonofstrangelove

Bump


30 posted on 05/17/2010 3:59:56 AM PDT by dcwusmc (A FREE People have no sovereign save Almighty GOD!!! III OK We are EVERYWHERE)
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To: sonofstrangelove

I was recently lucky enough to attend a technical meeting where a Russian scientist gave a slide show presentation covering the history of Russian high energy laser research. They spent billions on all sorts of CW and pulsed lasers. They went for the massive power levels without worrying about the weight or size of the systems. Impressive facilities. They especially liked explosively driven pulsed lasers.


31 posted on 05/17/2010 9:36:53 AM PDT by Laserman
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To: Jim Robinson
Only 22 days left to stop this RINO... and counting down.

Okay, thanks! I can hang on for that long, though my stomach continues to churn!!

Keep up the great work, Jim!

32 posted on 05/17/2010 5:39:01 PM PDT by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|Remember Neda Agha-Soltan|TV--it's NOT news you can trust)
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