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Rheinmetall demos laser that can shoot down drones
BBC News ^ | 8 January 2013 | Last updated at 06:25 ET

Posted on 01/14/2013 9:40:41 AM PST by Olog-hai

A laser weapons system that can shoot down two drones at a distance of over a mile has been demonstrated by Rheinmetall Defense.

The German defense firm used the high-energy laser equipment to shoot fast-moving drones at a distance.

The system, which uses two laser weapons, was also used to cut through a steel girder a kilometer away. …

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: drones; laserweapon; military; rheinmetall

1 posted on 01/14/2013 9:40:51 AM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

is there a “Romancing theDrones” ping list?
there should be


2 posted on 01/14/2013 9:46:25 AM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Olog-hai

I’m sure it’s more expensive than I can afford.


3 posted on 01/14/2013 9:52:23 AM PST by butterdezillion
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To: butterdezillion

...not to worry - won’t work in fog, rain, snow, dense smoke, dust, flying sand, in other words, about any environment akin to a battlefield...

...this is a garage queen..


4 posted on 01/14/2013 9:55:11 AM PST by telstar12.5 (...always bring gunships to a gun fight...)
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To: Olog-hai
Drones Heck! Sink some ships, open some tanks- shoot something slower and more valuable than drones.


And make it more comfortable...

5 posted on 01/14/2013 9:55:55 AM PST by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: Olog-hai

How soon before they sell it to Iran and hamas


6 posted on 01/14/2013 9:56:56 AM PST by morphing libertarian
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To: butterdezillion

Ok, sooo let’s pool our money and get one??


7 posted on 01/14/2013 9:59:12 AM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO))
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To: telstar12.5
Hmm. Article says:
The company has tested the laser system in a variety of weather conditions, including snow, sunlight, and rain. …
So that’s three down at least. And maybe more that they are not being specific about.
8 posted on 01/14/2013 10:00:23 AM PST by Olog-hai
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To: telstar12.5; Joe Boucher

Dang.

Pretty sad when the average joe needs a complete military defense system just to be protected from his/her own government.


9 posted on 01/14/2013 10:14:48 AM PST by butterdezillion
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To: Olog-hai

The classic sci-fi fan in me bemoans the lack of graceful and delicate flanges, tubing pulsing with glowing liquid, and a red crystal bulb on the end. Something that says, ‘of course this is a laser-death ray.’ These look like pieces air of conditioning ductwork stuck on top of mini fridges.

Freegards


10 posted on 01/14/2013 10:21:24 AM PST by Ransomed
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To: Ransomed
What about stuff like this?

11 posted on 01/14/2013 10:30:21 AM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

This is high on the coolness charts.


12 posted on 01/14/2013 10:32:34 AM PST by marron
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To: Olog-hai

...sunlight?..


13 posted on 01/14/2013 10:44:31 AM PST by telstar12.5 (...always bring gunships to a gun fight...)
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To: butterdezillion

I’m more worried about Google.
Tell me you wouldn’t be a world wide hero if you took down a Google drone???


14 posted on 01/14/2013 10:44:34 AM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO))
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To: Olog-hai

Yes! More of that, less laser cannons that look like they belong next to the Kenmore washer/dryers in household appliances.

Freegards


15 posted on 01/14/2013 10:44:56 AM PST by Ransomed
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To: telstar12.5

Guess they have to throw it in for the record. Maybe as a baseline?


16 posted on 01/14/2013 10:47:23 AM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Joe Boucher
"Ok, sooo let’s pool our money and get one??"

I'm in!
17 posted on 01/14/2013 11:25:56 AM PST by askrenr (HOOAH! It's an Army thing.)
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To: telstar12.5

Ever hear of a corner reflector?


18 posted on 01/14/2013 11:58:49 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Please, don't tell Obama what comes after a trillion.)
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To: Olog-hai
A laser weapons system that can shoot down two drones at a distance of over a mile has been demonstrated by Rheinmetall Defense.

But what if the enemy employs a cunning plan and sends only one drone?

19 posted on 01/14/2013 12:07:26 PM PST by Oztrich Boy (I think, therefore I am what I yam, and that's all I yam - Rene "Popeye" Descartes)
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To: GeronL

Already done by us over a decade ago. MIRACL.

TC


20 posted on 01/14/2013 12:31:47 PM PST by Pentagon Leatherneck
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To: morphing libertarian

Don’t think so.


21 posted on 01/14/2013 5:19:12 PM PST by dervish (either the vote was corrupt or the electorate is)
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To: Joe Boucher
I've been amusing myself thinking of various ways to trap those obnoxious google cars- without being photographed doing it, and mount the car on concrete blocks.

In Alaska it would be easy to just lob some peanut butter and chicken livers on it and let the grizzlies take care of them, but here, there's just gators and vegetarian black bears so I guess it's just a matter of getting one to drive into a sink hole.

I've also wondered what a google car would do if I surrounded it with a circle of sheets and let it suck its battery dry doing 360s looking for an opening.

22 posted on 01/14/2013 5:31:10 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: piasa

I like the way you think!

Google autonomous cars = early Skynet? Seems not unlikely.


23 posted on 01/14/2013 7:59:59 PM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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