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Shipboard prototype tactical laser weapon engages swarms of small, fast attack boats in Navy tests
militaryaerospace.com ^ | 31 Aug 2011 | John Keller

Posted on 09/01/2011 9:22:35 PM PDT by smokingfrog

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla., 31 Aug. 2011. Laser weapons experts from the Boeing Co. Directed Energy Systems segment in Huntsville, Ala., the BAE Systems U.S. U.S. Combat Systems segment in Minneapolis, and the U.S. Navy have tested a shipboard prototype tactical laser weapon based on the Navy's Mk 38 MOD 2 deck gun, during which experts tested the laser weapon against a simulated attack by fast, maneuvering small attack boats, intermingled with neutral boat traffic.

The tests of the Mk 38 MOD 2 Tactical Laser System (TLS) concept were at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The Mk 38 tactical laser system is a proposed high-energy laser addition to the Mk 38 25 mm heavy machine gun deployed on most of the Navy's surface warships. Tests demonstrated a capability to identify and classify hostile targets and provide rapid hand-off to the Mobile Active Targeting Resource for Integrated Experiments (MATRIX) system for attack, officials say.

The test system fired against surface vessels and aircraft to demonstrate a range of target effects -- including swarm tests against fast, maneuvering small boats, which demonstrated a consistent ability to detect, track, classify and engage threat vessels at tactically relevant ranges, officials say.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: bae; banglist; boeing; laser; matrix; navy

1 posted on 09/01/2011 9:22:43 PM PDT by smokingfrog
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To: smokingfrog

Neat. Calling all video game experts for the ultimate gaming experience!

2 posted on 09/01/2011 9:26:48 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: smokingfrog

They`re in hot water now!


3 posted on 09/01/2011 9:34:25 PM PDT by bunkerhill7
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To: bunkerhill7

I saw a neighbor demonstrate a blue 1100 Mw hand held laser that he bought for $200 bucks. It was amazing! If he can pop balloons at 50 feet, then these Navy lasers should have no problems.


4 posted on 09/01/2011 9:40:34 PM PDT by ExtremeUnction
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To: bunkerhill7

I saw a neighbor demonstrate a blue 1100 Mw hand held laser that he bought for $200 bucks. It was amazing! If he can pop balloons at 50 feet, then these Navy lasers should have no problems.


5 posted on 09/01/2011 9:40:41 PM PDT by ExtremeUnction
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To: rawhide


6 posted on 09/01/2011 9:41:34 PM PDT by garjog
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To: smokingfrog

Will it work on dove?


7 posted on 09/01/2011 9:42:45 PM PDT by Glennb51
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To: smokingfrog

BTTT!


8 posted on 09/01/2011 9:46:37 PM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: Glennb51
Will it work on dove?

Yeah, and it saves you a lot of trouble! Kills it, defeathers it, bones it, and roasts it, all in one easy step!

9 posted on 09/01/2011 9:46:52 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (The GOP elites have already decided for you, obligatory lip service notwithstanding.)
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To: smokingfrog
Well, that ought to throw a wrench in the Iranian muzzies "swarm" tactics they seem to have so much hope for.

Get these things deployed, like, yesterday.

10 posted on 09/01/2011 9:47:57 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: smokingfrog
The Battle ZOT...it’s real.

Awesome.

11 posted on 09/01/2011 9:48:45 PM PDT by RichInOC (Palin 2012: The Perfect Storm.)
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To: Glennb51

EV beat me to it.


12 posted on 09/01/2011 9:51:58 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog
I thought Mr. Browning solved that problem back in 1919? Just call your mother to help, her name is MA DEUCE.
13 posted on 09/01/2011 9:56:37 PM PDT by cpdiii (Deckhand, Roughneck, Mud Man, Geologist, Pilot, Pharmacist. THE CONSTITUTION IS WORTH DYING FOR!)
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To: smokingfrog

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlAsSyDAWR8


14 posted on 09/01/2011 10:00:53 PM PDT by Krankor
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To: Krankor

LOL!

That’ll work.


15 posted on 09/01/2011 10:09:03 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: ExtremeUnction
I saw a neighbor demonstrate a blue 1100 Mw hand held laser that he bought for $200 bucks. It was amazing! If he can pop balloons at 50 feet, then these Navy lasers should have no problems.

Well, we're safe from this guy then.

16 posted on 09/01/2011 10:16:10 PM PDT by Krankor
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To: doorgunner69
Skyguard has been on development by (Northrop and some Israeli company) for quite some time... 
http://defense-update.com/products/s/skyguard-laser.htm

This is Youtube video posted long time ago.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LThD0FMvTFU
17 posted on 09/01/2011 10:21:38 PM PDT by hamboy
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To: smokingfrog

>>> Shipboard prototype tactical laser weapon engages swarms of small, fast attack boats in Navy tests

Urgently needed but it has to be remembered that a laser is strictly line of sight. If the laser can see the boat then the boat is already in missile launch range.


18 posted on 09/02/2011 12:09:41 AM PDT by tlb
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To: tlb

No problem. They just add the General Dynamics Over-the-Horizon Laser Bender (OTHLB, for short)....and voila!


19 posted on 09/02/2011 1:33:09 AM PDT by RightOnline
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To: tlb

Do you really want to be wasting missiles on 40, 16 foot speedboats?


20 posted on 09/02/2011 11:36:26 AM PDT by green iguana
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To: green iguana

>>> Do you really want to be wasting missiles on 40, 16 foot speedboats?

Mainly I simply don’t want them in the first place in shooting range of US cruisers, transports, and carriers. Whatever it takes. And lasers are misunderstood thanks to movies and tv, they’re not disintegrators.

Millennium Challenge 2002

Millennium Challenge 2002 (MC02) was a major war game exercise conducted by the United States armed forces in mid-2002, likely the largest such exercise in history. The exercise, which ran from July 24 to August 15 and cost $250 million, involved both live exercises and computer simulations. MC02 was meant to be a test of future military “transformation”—a transition toward new technologies that enable network-centric warfare and provide more powerful weaponry and tactics. The simulated combatants were the United States, referred to as “Blue”, and an unknown adversary in the Middle East, “Red”.

Red, commanded by retired Marine Corps Lt. General Paul K. Van Riper, used old methods to evade Blue’s sophisticated electronic surveillance network. Van Riper used motorcycle messengers to transmit orders to front-line troops and World War II light signals to launch airplanes without radio communications.

Red received an ultimatum from Blue, essentially a surrender document, demanding a response within 24 hours. Thus warned of Blue’s approach, Red used a fleet of small boats to determine the position of Blue’s fleet by the second day of the exercise.

In a preemptive strike, Red launched a massive salvo of cruise missiles that overwhelmed the Blue forces’ electronic sensors and destroyed sixteen warships. This included one aircraft carrier, ten cruisers and five of six amphibious ships. An equivalent success in a real conflict would have resulted in the deaths of over 20,000 service personnel.

Soon after the cruise missile offensive, another significant portion of Blue’s navy was “sunk” by an armada of small Red boats, which carried out both conventional and suicide attacks that capitalized on Blue’s inability to detect them as well as expected.

At this point, the exercise was suspended, Blue’s ships were “re-floated”, and the rules of engagement were changed. Due to his concerns about the scripted nature of the new exercise, Van Riper resigned his position in the midst of the war game. Van Riper later expressed concern that the wargame’s purpose had shifted to reinforce existing doctrine and notions of infallibility within the U.S. military rather than serve as a learning experience.


21 posted on 09/02/2011 6:10:02 PM PDT by tlb
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