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The future is now: Navy to deploys lasers on ships in 2014
Fox ^ | April 08, 2013 | Justin Fishel

Posted on 04/08/2013 12:17:23 PM PDT by Red Steel

The Pentagon has plans to deploy its first ever ship-mounted laser next year, a disruptive, cutting-edge weapon capable of obliterating small boats and unmanned aerial vehicles with a blast of infrared energy.

Navy officials announced Monday that in early 2014, a solid-state laser prototype will be mounted to the fantail of the USS Ponce and sent to the 5th fleet region in the Middle East for real-world experience.

Video released by the Navy shows the laser lock onto a slow-moving target, in this case an unmanned drone, which bursts aflame in mid-flight. The drone soon catches fire and crashes into the sea below.

"It operates much like a blowtorch ... with an unlimited magazine," one official said.

There are potential targets for the laser in the 5th fleet region, which includes the Persian Gulf, where Iran operates small surveillance drones and is known for swarming and harassing U.S. Navy ships with small, armored speed boats.

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In April 2011, the Navy conducted a more limited test of a similar weapon, blasting a boat from the water with a laser weapon. Nevin Carr, chief of Naval Research at the time, said this energy weapon would not handle all types of threats, however.

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

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: banglist; laser


1 posted on 04/08/2013 12:17:23 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: Red Steel

“Is it too much to ask for some ships with some frickin’ lasers?”


2 posted on 04/08/2013 12:18:53 PM PDT by MeganC (You can take my gun when you can grab it with your cold, dead fingers.)
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To: Red Steel

And it should be able to warm up any 7-11 burrito, nicely.

Cool gadget.


3 posted on 04/08/2013 12:23:50 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: Red Steel

4 posted on 04/08/2013 12:24:34 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: Red Steel

Very cool


5 posted on 04/08/2013 12:25:09 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: MeganC

“Throw me a bone, here.”


6 posted on 04/08/2013 12:26:14 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: MeganC

Can these be put on sharks?


7 posted on 04/08/2013 12:29:15 PM PDT by glorgau
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To: glorgau

This thread doesn’t belong in the “bang” list because it goes “pew pew pew”.


8 posted on 04/08/2013 12:30:24 PM PDT by DCBryan1
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To: Red Steel
Already done...


9 posted on 04/08/2013 12:30:35 PM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: Red Steel

Great now the government is going to want to ban my laser pointer!


10 posted on 04/08/2013 12:33:04 PM PDT by DYngbld (I have read the back of the Book and we WIN!!!!)
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To: Red Steel
Awaiting your orders, Gunner's Mate Farbissina...


11 posted on 04/08/2013 12:39:07 PM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: Red Steel; ronnie raygun

Zappp!


12 posted on 04/08/2013 12:44:56 PM PDT by shove_it
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To: glorgau

You have to admit that’d be cool!


13 posted on 04/08/2013 12:46:24 PM PDT by MeganC (You can take my gun when you can grab it with your cold, dead fingers.)
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To: Red Steel

My only question is how long does it have to paint the target?


14 posted on 04/08/2013 12:56:41 PM PDT by Vinnie
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Please help Finish This
FReepathon THIS Month!!

15 posted on 04/08/2013 12:58:34 PM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: Red Steel

Is there a new rate for these, or will it be FT/GMs?


16 posted on 04/08/2013 1:00:05 PM PDT by stuartcr ("I have habits that are older than the people telling me they're bad for me.")
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To: Red Steel

“You’ll put your eye out, kid.”


17 posted on 04/08/2013 1:07:24 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: Red Steel

Infrared energy — also known as “heat” — dissipates quickly with the square of the distance. Such a weapon would have a very short range.


18 posted on 04/08/2013 1:19:43 PM PDT by pabianice
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To: pabianice

It doesn’t shoot heat, does it? I thought the heat was generated when/where the beam hits it’s target.


19 posted on 04/08/2013 1:23:11 PM PDT by stuartcr ("I have habits that are older than the people telling me they're bad for me.")
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To: Red Steel

Mini-Me, stop humping the giant “laser”! Why don’t you and the giant “laser” go get a frickin’ room, okay?


20 posted on 04/08/2013 1:31:29 PM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'll stop being a cynic when the world stops giving me reasons to be cynical.)
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To: Red Steel

Looks fragile... I hope that cover can open and close quickly.


21 posted on 04/08/2013 1:38:09 PM PDT by Little Ray (How did I end up in this hand-basket, and why is it getting so hot?)
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To: Red Steel

Never happen - we can NOT afford it!


22 posted on 04/08/2013 1:49:51 PM PDT by Deagle (quo)
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To: pabianice

It’s a laser. The energy doesn’t dissipate that fast.


23 posted on 04/08/2013 1:59:10 PM PDT by Kozak (The Republic is dead. I do not owe what we have any loyalty, wealth or sympathy.)
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To: pabianice

This isn’t radiant energy, as such, but more of a particle beam.

Also, it splits the air like lightning, so loss is reduced.

Finally, it is obviously limited to line of sight. The intent is to use lasers as close-in defensive system, allowing intercepts to occur much farther away from the ship. This is a huge plus when intercepting Mach 3 cruise missiles.


24 posted on 04/08/2013 2:30:15 PM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: Red Steel

Interesting. NK is blustering about attacking the United States, and articles are coming out about rail guns and lasers. Choose your actions wisely Lil’ Kim. They could be your last. And China? Well, nice little country of a billion people you got there.


25 posted on 04/08/2013 2:30:56 PM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: Red Steel

Massive carbon foot print and i doubt obama has the balls to authorize its use anyway.


26 posted on 04/08/2013 2:42:54 PM PDT by subterfuge (CBS NBC ABC FOX AP-- all no different than Pravda.)
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To: Red Steel

Imagine using it to burn graffiti on Iranian boats - “Muslims suck pigs!”. Or worse!


27 posted on 04/08/2013 4:05:32 PM PDT by roadcat
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