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Navy Shows Off Powerful New Laser Weapon
Fox News ^ | 4/8/11 | Jeremy A. Kaplan

Posted on 04/08/2011 3:05:47 PM PDT by Nachum

One if by land … lasers if by sea.

A futuristic laser mounted on a speeding cruiser successfully blasted a bobbing, weaving boat from the waters of the Pacific Ocean -- the first test at sea of such a gun and a fresh milestone in the Navy's quest to reoutfit the fleet with a host of laser weapons, the Navy announced Friday.

"We were able to have a destructive effect on a high-speed cruising target," chief of Naval research Rear Adm. Nevin Carr told FoxNews.com.

The test occurred Wednesday near San Nicholas Island, off the coast of Central California in the Pacific Ocean test range, from a laser gun mounted onto the deck of the Navy’s self-defense test ship, former USS Paul Foster.

In a video of the event, the small boat can be seen catching fire and ultimately bursting into flames, a conflagration caused by the navy's distant gun. Some details of the event were classified, including the exact range of the shot, but Carr could provide some information: "We're talking miles, not yards," Carr said.

(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: laser; navy; shows; weapon
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1 posted on 04/08/2011 3:05:51 PM PDT by Nachum
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To: Nachum

Great for takin’ out those stoopid Iranian boats!


2 posted on 04/08/2011 3:12:03 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Nachum

Damn! I want one!!!


3 posted on 04/08/2011 3:27:34 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: Nachum

Read the article, too much info public. We told the world what type of laser, who makes it and extent of progress. Stupid thing to do. We live in precarious times, any advancement in technologies must be kept secret because our globalist corporations would teach it to our enemies and competitors for the mighty profit. China may not be able to make it immediately but she now knows which corporation to target for espionage and have her counter measure folks draw from the clue that the USN uses solid state lasers. Unlike the US, authoritarian gov can mass resources quickly to catch up while we languish in Congress to get the device into production at exorbitant prices. If the US wants to survive the challenges of the late 21st Century trade secrets and tech secrets well kept will insure her people will have good jobs (social stability) and more advanced (military and economics) then her allies and enemies. Ancient China rose above all Asian neighbors due to her ability to keep silk manufacturing secret until the late 1700’s. US may need to study that technology model in lieu of the suicidal free trade model.


4 posted on 04/08/2011 3:33:19 PM PDT by Fee
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To: Nachum

Some things are just too cool.


5 posted on 04/08/2011 3:34:22 PM PDT by fuzzybutt (Democrat Lawyers are the root of all evil.)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
Great for takin’ out those stoopid Iranian boats!

It would be a GREAT asset to duck hunters too!

6 posted on 04/08/2011 3:35:04 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: Nachum

Somali pirates best be loading up on mirrors and sunscreen.


7 posted on 04/08/2011 3:35:08 PM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

Better for taking out airborne targets.


8 posted on 04/08/2011 3:40:57 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: Nachum
"One of the things that amazes me about this business is that the future is getting closer every day," Carr said.

The future ain't what it used to be.

9 posted on 04/08/2011 3:49:45 PM PDT by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/15/08 and why?)
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To: Nachum

I hope china was paying attention


10 posted on 04/08/2011 4:04:02 PM PDT by steel_resolve
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To: Nachum

Does that damn thing make popcorn too?


11 posted on 04/08/2011 4:07:50 PM PDT by puppypusher (The World is going to the dogs.)
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To: EGPWS

...not to mention jet-skis that get within the no-wake zone. and maybe some of the wake-boarders, for good measure...


12 posted on 04/08/2011 4:23:27 PM PDT by castlebrew (Gun control means hitting where you're aiming!)
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To: puppypusher

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ds0wYpc1eM
Real Genius: Laser & popcorn.


13 posted on 04/08/2011 4:25:15 PM PDT by Deaf Smith
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To: Fee

Now go field test it in the Indian Ocean along the coastal waters of Somalia and Yemen.


14 posted on 04/08/2011 4:32:56 PM PDT by pointsal
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To: Nachum

OK. Two ideas come to mind. One is put some of these on the Carrier USS Enterprise and every time they go to battle they can blast the old star trek theme song over loudspeakers before open up on them with phasers.

Next idea is to put some of these bad boys along the US/Mexico border and blast anyone who tries to come across illegally. No bodies and nobody missed. That’s a border fence that would work.


15 posted on 04/08/2011 4:38:36 PM PDT by RickB444 (Worry about and distrust anyone who fears a lawful person owning a gun.)
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To: RickB444

‘No bodies and nobody missed. That’s a border fence that would work.’

Like this weapon?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8WhOOmVOpY&feature=related


16 posted on 04/08/2011 4:44:07 PM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Nachum

Yeah, something like that but without leaving a skeleton. More like the heat rays from War of the Worlds.


17 posted on 04/08/2011 4:51:16 PM PDT by RickB444 (Worry about and distrust anyone who fears a lawful person owning a gun.)
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To: EGPWS

Removing pin feathers from the wine gravy is a definite choke point, bird shot notwithstanding. sd


18 posted on 04/08/2011 4:51:31 PM PDT by shotdog (I love my country. It's our government I'm afraid of.)
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To: Nachum

19 posted on 04/08/2011 4:51:51 PM PDT by fso301
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To: Nachum
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20 posted on 04/08/2011 4:55:56 PM PDT by baddog 219
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To: RickB444

Ah-

Kinda like this...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dE5V0iQdB10


21 posted on 04/08/2011 4:58:40 PM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Nachum

That’s more like it. Poof!


22 posted on 04/08/2011 5:12:37 PM PDT by RickB444 (Worry about and distrust anyone who fears a lawful person owning a gun.)
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To: Fee

Sorry, but a careful reading of scientific and military literature clued in open source intelligence a while back. Note that this doesn’t give any details about how the thing really works.


23 posted on 04/08/2011 5:17:07 PM PDT by GAB-1955 (I write books, love my wife, serve my nation, and believe in the Resurrection.)
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To: Nachum

“To begin to address a cruise missile threat, we’d need to get up to hundreds of kilowatts,” Carr said.

The Navy is working on just such a gun of course.

Called the FEL — for free-electron laser, which doesn’t use a gain medium and is therefore more versatile — it was tested in February consuming a blistering 500 kilovolts of energy, producing a supercharged electron beam that can burn through 20 feet of steel per second.”

Wow.


24 posted on 04/08/2011 6:59:12 PM PDT by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead.)
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25 posted on 04/08/2011 7:00:25 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Fee

All of the information you complain about being released is already in the public federal budget and notices of contract awards, etc.

Completely black programs are difficult to manage and inflate costs as much as 20%.

Rest assured there are Naval black programs, however.


26 posted on 04/08/2011 8:57:39 PM PDT by Strategerist (There is only so much stupidity one man can prevent - Andrew Marshall)
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To: Fee
In the 10th Century BC Chinese rulers were GIVING silk to nearby kings. By the 5th Century BC silk culture had spread to Greece.

No doubt the peasants continued to cherish linen and cotton clothing anyway.

What you are thinking of are the Japanese silk kingdoms. They raised the worms and the berries and exported the boles. As a result the Japanese did not develop an indigenous silk industry until the arrival of Buddhism about 560 AD.

27 posted on 04/13/2011 8:00:22 PM PDT by muawiyah (Make America Safe For Americans)
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To: Strategerist; Fee

Rest assured the “black programs” are about things that would raise the hair on the back of your neck and clip it off evenly!


28 posted on 04/13/2011 8:02:01 PM PDT by muawiyah (Make America Safe For Americans)
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