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German Laser Weapon Can Shoot A Drone Out Of The Sky
MSN.now ^ | 24 December 2012

Posted on 12/25/2012 6:42:52 PM PST by zeestephen

Or even hit a mortar round mid-air before it's had a chance to explode. The machine fires a 30 kW primary laser and a 20 kW secondary laser that can slice through a steel girder at about 1,000 yards.

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1 posted on 12/25/2012 6:42:56 PM PST by zeestephen
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To: zeestephen

with or without sharks


2 posted on 12/25/2012 6:47:31 PM PST by Flavius (What hopes for victory, Gaius Crastinus? What grounds for encouragement ?)
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To: zeestephen

Good thing they’re on our side. Hope the bummer doesn’t change that.


3 posted on 12/25/2012 6:48:58 PM PST by deweyfrank
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To: zeestephen

Why is it perched atop porta-potties and refrigerators?


4 posted on 12/25/2012 6:50:23 PM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month)
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To: zeestephen

“I’ll take a phased plasma rifle in the 40 watt range”.


5 posted on 12/25/2012 6:51:35 PM PST by BipolarBob (Bitter, clinging to my Bible and AR-15.)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

Those are portable field ovens (German joke)


6 posted on 12/25/2012 6:52:00 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: zeestephen

Thanks for posting. I always follow drone stories (see my tag line).

From the “source” of the MSN story:

http://www.theverge.com/2012/12/23/3794814/rheinmetall-50kw-laser-weapon

This isn’t the first time that the company has demonstrated a turret-mounted laser weapon. Last year, a 10 kW version performed similar feats, and Rheinmetall says that it plans to produce a device capable of 100 kW output in the immediate future. Still, it faces competition from rivals in the space — as far back as 2010, US firm Raytheon demonstrated a 50 kW weapon with comparable capabilities, including the ability to shoot down a drone from a moving warship.


7 posted on 12/25/2012 6:52:48 PM PST by Seizethecarp (Defend aircraft from "runway kill zone" mini-drone helicopter swarm attacks: www.runwaykillzone.com)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

No one wants incoming when on the potty or raiding the frig, so shat is where they are the most needed.


8 posted on 12/25/2012 6:53:23 PM PST by going hot (Happiness is a momma deuce)
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To: zeestephen

Then I guess we can remove our bases and stop subsidizing their defense.


9 posted on 12/25/2012 6:56:09 PM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: BipolarBob

Hey just what you see, pal.


10 posted on 12/25/2012 6:56:39 PM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: BipolarBob

I was wondering who would be the first to mention the phased plasma rifle in a 40 watt range!


11 posted on 12/25/2012 6:56:46 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (REOPEN THE CLOSED MENTAL INSTITUTIONS! Damn the ACLU!)
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To: zeestephen

Once all the Germans were warlike and mean,
But that couldn’t happen again.
We taught them a lesson in nineteen eighteen,
And they’ve hardly bothered us since then.

— Tom Lehrer


12 posted on 12/25/2012 6:57:45 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (Republicans have made themselves useless, toothless, and clueless.)
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To: zeestephen

I hope they use it against the French.


13 posted on 12/25/2012 6:58:21 PM PST by bmwcyle (We have gone over the cliff and we are about to hit the bottom)
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To: andyk
Then I guess we can remove our bases and stop subsidizing their defense.

Just imagine... we could have them guard the border with Mexico instead.

14 posted on 12/25/2012 6:59:09 PM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month)
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To: ClearCase_guy
Tom Lehrer: "MLF Lullaby"
15 posted on 12/25/2012 7:01:10 PM PST by Publius ("A centralized government is a centralized evil." -- Gen. John Graham)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

They say there’s one in every crowd. This time it was me. Merry Christmas.


17 posted on 12/25/2012 7:06:19 PM PST by BipolarBob (Bitter, clinging to my Bible and AR-15.)
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To: zeestephen
Die laser ausschneiden eine stihl girdle? Valkyrie Pictures, Images and Photos
18 posted on 12/25/2012 7:07:45 PM PST by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: deweyfrank

With the Germans, there’s always the potential for them to kick some butt in Europe.


20 posted on 12/25/2012 7:08:12 PM PST by PGR88
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To: BipolarBob

Just what you see, pal.


21 posted on 12/25/2012 7:09:16 PM PST by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Flavius

I want one to mount in the bed of my pickup truck. No more tailgating!


22 posted on 12/25/2012 7:11:15 PM PST by lwoodham (I am Andrew Breitbart. Don't doubt me on this.)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER
Why is it perched atop porta-potties and refrigerators?

The "porta-potties" look like dry bulk storage ISO standard shipping containers. Such are often used for portable, human habitable structures like construction site offices, control centers for military assets, &c. It's done for convenience because the ISO standardization makes it easy to transport by truck, train, air, or ship.

The "refrigerators" look like beer coolers. No seriously they look like power supplies for the Laser modules.

Looks like a good addition to "Iron Dome"!

In similar devices the primary laser is used to acquire the target and measure any diffraction (heat waves) that would affect aiming. Then adaptive optics are used to remove the diffraction when the main laser transmits a full power beam. So why is the primary laser 50% more powerful than the secondary?

Regards,
GtG

23 posted on 12/25/2012 7:16:24 PM PST by Gandalf_The_Gray (I live in my own little world, I like it 'cuz they know me here.)
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To: PGR88

The Germans have been peaceful and set on business for decades but I wonder if they were motivated they could go all meanie again in short order. I remember years back when the French offered them nuclear weapons—they said thanks but no thanks. They said if they wanted one they could build there own—said they could put together an atomic bomb in less than a week! An H-bomb would take a month or so!!! I have noticed—even today—they have a sort of national arrogance. The French have it too but, save for cooking, they can’t back it up. The Germans can and do.


24 posted on 12/25/2012 7:21:47 PM PST by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: zeestephen; martin_fierro; Charles Henrickson

Ich bin ein Biglaser


25 posted on 12/25/2012 7:25:36 PM PST by mikrofon (Ich bin ein Tagliner)
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To: Gandalf_The_Gray
They might well be refrigeration units, I run industrial metal cutting lasers, these lasers are of the CO2 variety, and require a chiller to operate so the resonator and the optics doesn't overheat. It chills water which is pumped around parts of the laser that get hot. Im pretty sure this laser is not a CO2 laser, there would have to be tanks of Helium, Nitrogen and CO2 nearby. No matter what kind of laser it its (chemical?) it is going to have to have a cooling system if its going to pump out even a fraction of that energy.
26 posted on 12/25/2012 7:26:19 PM PST by Husker24
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To: ClearCase_guy
Of course the "Germans were warlike and mean", you'd be warlike and mean too if you were 0 & 2 in the World Series...

Regards,
GtG

PS Q) What's the shortest German book?
      A) The collected works of German humor...

27 posted on 12/25/2012 7:27:18 PM PST by Gandalf_The_Gray (I live in my own little world, I like it 'cuz they know me here.)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER
Why is it perched atop porta-potties and refrigerators?

I thought the one on the right looked like a gas barbie with eyes.

28 posted on 12/25/2012 7:28:45 PM PST by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: tumblindice

Anyone, BTW, see the newly-released DG 5 DVD set (in HD) of Wagner’s Ring, spectacularly staged and performed by the Met Opera over the last several years?

Simply amazing, IMO, even if one hates opera.


29 posted on 12/25/2012 7:31:56 PM PST by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: zeestephen

Knowing the Germans, the plans were probably from the 1940s, and they would have won the war had they used it, but Hitler didn’t like it so they shelved the plans. lol

I saw a documentary on some of the stuff the Germans were doing back then, and it was amazing to consider they were doing it during that time period. They were working on many things that were well ahead of their time. I’m just glad we got to most of their best scientists before the Russians did!


30 posted on 12/25/2012 7:32:02 PM PST by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: Gandalf_The_Gray

Yeah, seems like you’d have blooming problems, though if you’re talking low atmosphere (as with a typical drone) maybe the range is such that it’s not a problem. [shrug]


31 posted on 12/25/2012 7:33:23 PM PST by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Forward the Light Brigade

I went to Chicago to a building set up with Industrial Lasers and Break Presses, to learn how to run equipment that the company that I work for had bought. The guy there told as a story about an American Company that thought that they had made the worlds smallest drill bit, and was very proud of it, they sent this thing to Germany to bragg it up. The Germans sent it back with a hole drilled down the middle of the shaft.


32 posted on 12/25/2012 7:33:43 PM PST by Husker24
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To: Husker24

Should read “Brake Presses”.


33 posted on 12/25/2012 7:34:48 PM PST by Husker24
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To: Gandalf_The_Gray
The "refrigerators" look like beer coolers.

Well, these are Germans after all. They have their priorities........

34 posted on 12/25/2012 7:37:39 PM PST by doorgunner69
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To: Still Thinking; Gandalf_The_Gray
Been many years since I had access to literature about laser defense research. What I do recall for a shipboard design was to overcome blooming and fog attenuation was a pre-shot of pulsed laser to clear a channel, the let it rip with the kill shot.

Might be what the two power level shot is for, to blast open a clear shot in any weather.

35 posted on 12/25/2012 7:43:17 PM PST by doorgunner69
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To: BipolarBob

36 posted on 12/25/2012 7:46:07 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: Flavius

Only angry sea bass were available.


37 posted on 12/25/2012 7:54:51 PM PST by phormer phrog phlyer
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To: dagogo redux
No, but I'm looking for it now. whatsoperadoc Pictures, Images and Photos It took me a while to find the CD set, believe I finally found one at Edward Hamilton discount booksellers. Thanks FReund!
38 posted on 12/25/2012 8:00:26 PM PST by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: Husker24

That’s a great story, Husker.


39 posted on 12/25/2012 8:04:00 PM PST by zeestephen
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To: mikrofon
Ich bin ein Biglaser

ding ding ding ding ding!


40 posted on 12/25/2012 8:14:53 PM PST by frithguild (You can call me Snippy the Anti-Freeper)
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To: JoeProBono

I don’t know what it is but I like it.


41 posted on 12/25/2012 8:14:53 PM PST by BipolarBob (Bitter, clinging to my Bible and AR-15.)
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To: Gandalf_The_Gray

I imagine those containers are for the equipment. Pretty amazing that such advanced stuff is so portable. Of course to be of any use it would need to be. Let’s hope they stay in the right hands.


42 posted on 12/25/2012 8:18:49 PM PST by 21twelve (So I [God] gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices. Psalm 81:12)
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To: mikrofon; Charles Henrickson; zeestephen

Ich bin ein burngirder.


43 posted on 12/25/2012 8:19:30 PM PST by martin_fierro (Incoherent Lite)
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To: KoRn

Snappy German uniforms, gadgets, weapons, etc. ...

Yeah they always look sharp signing surrender documents.
:^)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2341234/posts


44 posted on 12/25/2012 8:20:01 PM PST by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: tumblindice
Yeah...but our Michelle la belle Antoinette Obama with a shovel can beat your fat lady with a spear any time


45 posted on 12/25/2012 8:29:11 PM PST by spokeshave (The only people better off today than 4 years ago are the Prisoners at Guantanamo.)
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To: mikrofon

Das VolksLampenflashischeinhittenzummerwafflejaegerzapper


46 posted on 12/25/2012 8:40:57 PM PST by bunkerhill7 (jah??)
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To: bunkerhill7

Ja, das schmokegedunka, das glimmer blinken, der drizzelgeflippen.


48 posted on 12/25/2012 8:49:57 PM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month)
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To: zeestephen

Good thing they didn’t have these at Rostov in late ‘41!


49 posted on 12/25/2012 8:54:47 PM PST by toddausauras (FUBO x 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000)
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To: Seizethecarp

“Anti-aircraft laser unveiled at Farnborough Airshow” (video of shoot UAV shoot down) 2010

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-10682693

“US firm Raytheon has unveiled its anti-aircraft laser at the Farnborough Airshow in Hampshire.

“The Laser Close-In Weapon System (CIWS) can either be used on its own or alongside a gunnery system.

“In May, the laser was used to shoot down unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in a series of tests.

“Raytheon said the solid state fibre laser produces a 50 kilowatt beam and can be used against UAV, mortar, rockets and small surface ships.”

“’We’ve tied this into Phalanx, the US Navy’s anti-missile defence system that links a multiple barrelled 20mm Gatling gun to a radar guidance mechanism.’”


50 posted on 12/25/2012 8:58:51 PM PST by Seizethecarp (Defend aircraft from "runway kill zone" mini-drone helicopter swarm attacks: www.runwaykillzone.com)
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