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Army's New Laser Weapon Can Shoot Down Mortars and Drones
Yahoo/ABCNews ^ | 21 Dec 2013 | Luis Martinez

Posted on 12/22/2013 7:30:54 AM PST by shove_it

The Army has successfully tested a futuristic laser weapon capable of shooting football-sized mortar rounds and unmanned drones out of the sky. The truck-mounted weapon, known as the High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator (HEL MD) is still about a decade away from becoming an operational part of the Army's arsenal, but gives a hint at what a weapon of the future could look like.

The Army tested its HEL MD laser at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico for nearly six weeks starting in mid-November. The device was equipped with a 10-kilowatt solid state laser and a radar system mounted atop a heavy truck.

During the tests a "quarter-sized" invisible laser beam successfully targeted and destroyed more than 90 incoming mortar rounds and six to seven unmanned drones. Terry Bauer, the project manager for the laser program, said the test results were "above and beyond" what they had expected going into the testing. "We had no thoughts that this 10-kilowatt would be as successful n doing that as it has been. " ...

So far the Army's laser testing program has cost about $13 million a year since it began in 2011. But over the long term it looks like a good deal as the cost of taking out each mortar round is estimated to be the price of a cup of diesel fuel.

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Nice foto of a truck without a laser on it.
1 posted on 12/22/2013 7:30:54 AM PST by shove_it
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To: shove_it

Should be an effective riot control tool.Be good on the southern border when equipped with motion and heat sensors.


2 posted on 12/22/2013 7:35:56 AM PST by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: shove_it
So far the Army's laser testing program has cost about $13 million a year since it began in 2011.

This seems incredibly inexpensive. Less than an 0bama vacation.

3 posted on 12/22/2013 7:41:05 AM PST by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: shove_it

Looks to me like the photographer cut off most of the laser on top.


4 posted on 12/22/2013 7:41:32 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: shove_it

lets hold up till the POSOTUS is out of office before we give him any new weapons....


5 posted on 12/22/2013 7:42:17 AM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: shove_it

As long as they can miniaturize it down to the point they can put those sharks everything is good!


6 posted on 12/22/2013 7:42:43 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: shove_it

Remember when the Serbs succeeded in shooting down our stealth bomber with a microwave oven during Clinton’s Wag the Dog War on Christians?

Wonder if that would work on drones.....


7 posted on 12/22/2013 7:43:41 AM PST by txrefugee
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To: shove_it
So far the Army's laser testing program has cost about $13 million a year since it began in 2011.

Am I the only one who thinks that is ridiculously cheap?

8 posted on 12/22/2013 7:44:57 AM PST by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: txrefugee
Remember when the Serbs succeeded in shooting down our stealth bomber with a microwave oven...?

Not exactly.

9 posted on 12/22/2013 7:46:04 AM PST by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: Jack Hydrazine
As long as they can miniaturize it ...

The humpable "return to sender" version sounds good.

10 posted on 12/22/2013 7:52:28 AM PST by shove_it (long ago Orwell and Rand warned us of Obama’s America)
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To: txrefugee

That ‘Stealth Bomber’ (the F-117) was almost 20 years old when that happened. Notice how the Chinese and Russians still haven’t been able to replicate our technology, even a decade later? Now with drones, stealth tech may not even matter.

And what happens when these lasers are turned on protesting crowds of hungry people because of hyperinflation?


11 posted on 12/22/2013 8:00:55 AM PST by Azeem (There are four boxes to be used in the defense of liberty: soap, ballot, jury and ammo.)
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To: shove_it

When is a truck that size ever around mortar fire?

If you can get that in close enough to be useful, you can get artillery in to blast the mortar source.

Israel is one of the few practical applications.


12 posted on 12/22/2013 8:08:39 AM PST by G Larry
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To: txrefugee

There is a lot more to that story than just using “creative” means.

The one thing I’ll say is this; the F117’s mission planning was controlled and authorized by....NATO.


13 posted on 12/22/2013 8:10:09 AM PST by SZonian (Throwing our allegiances to political parties in the long run gave away our liberty.)
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To: shove_it

Does it work against hypersonic anti-carrier missiles?


14 posted on 12/22/2013 8:13:10 AM PST by VanShuyten ("a shadow...draped nobly in the folds of a gorgeous eloquence.")
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To: shove_it

Can they put it on frikkin' sharks' heads?

15 posted on 12/22/2013 8:13:37 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: shove_it

Put enough energy on anything and it’ll blow


16 posted on 12/22/2013 8:14:26 AM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: txrefugee

Sarcasm. . .right? One never knows these days. . .


17 posted on 12/22/2013 8:23:32 AM PST by Hulka
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To: VanShuyten

“Does it work against hypersonic anti-carrier missiles?”

Compared to the speed of light,those missiles may as well be standing in one place.


18 posted on 12/22/2013 8:27:50 AM PST by puppypusher ( The World is going to the dogs.)
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To: Hulka

GIVES US THE advantage in Korea-a good place to (re)start a war and END it.


19 posted on 12/22/2013 8:29:58 AM PST by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: Straight Vermonter
>> Am I the only one who thinks that is ridiculously cheap?

No ... two years, less than $40 million, and they have functioning hardware. That's what a taxpayer wants.

20 posted on 12/22/2013 8:34:05 AM PST by NorthMountain
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To: Azeem
And what happens when these lasers are turned on protesting crowds of hungry people because of hyperinflation?


21 posted on 12/22/2013 8:36:37 AM PST by null and void (I'm betting on an Obama Trifecta: A Nobel Peace Prize, an Impeachment, AND a War Crimes Trial...)
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To: puppypusher

Bet does wonders on human targets
out to the horizon...


22 posted on 12/22/2013 8:58:42 AM PST by Kozak ("Send them back your fierce defiance! Stamp upon the cursed alliance! To arms, to arms in Dixie!)
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To: Kozak

“Bet does wonders on human targets
out to the horizon...”

Yea!Just hope that your not on the receiving end.


23 posted on 12/22/2013 9:18:01 AM PST by puppypusher ( The World is going to the dogs.)
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To: shove_it
Leftist weenie:

"You can't use that laser thingy! You'll shoot your eye out. And...It's not fair!"

24 posted on 12/22/2013 9:21:43 AM PST by Dubh_Ghlase (Therefore, send not to know For whom the bell tolls, It tolls for thee.)
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To: shove_it

25 posted on 12/22/2013 9:24:14 AM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: FatherofFive

Much more practical than the multi-container THEL (Tactical high Energy laser) I worked with back in themid-90’s. That required several shifts to hook everything up and calibrate, but was liquid fuel-powered.

Still needs that expensive. THEL Laser was a very large diameter searchlight-like looking aiming device, like on the truck above. Navy was testing a similar beam device. Good thing above a Navy installation is that local atmospheric heating is negligible because the ship is always moving into “clean” cool air, so local air heating around the searchlight doesn’t distort that little-bitty beam. Ya still got to hit the incoming missile/mortar shell.


26 posted on 12/22/2013 9:28:57 AM PST by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: txrefugee

I wouldn’t call the SAM system that brought that aircraft down a “microwave oven”. That F-117 was shot down with the SA-3 using the below combination of Aquisition, Target Track/Missle Guidance, and Height Finder radars.

P-15 “Flat Face” or P-15M(2) “Squat Eye” 380 kW C-band target acquisition radar (also used by the SA-6 and SA-8, range 60 km.

SNR-125 “Low Blow” 250 kW I/D-band tracking, fire control and guidance radar (range 40 km, second mode 80 km.

PRV-11 “Side Net” E-band height finder (also used by SA-2, SA-4 and SA-5, range 28 km max height 32 km/105,000 ft).

Call this system a “microwave oven” all you want, but it is a very deadly system when operated by a very well trained crew. Unlike the Iraqi crews in both the Gulf War and Iraqi Freedom, this crew knew what the hell they were doing.


27 posted on 12/22/2013 9:32:38 AM PST by sean327 (God created all men equal, then some become Marines!)
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To: shove_it

Football sized mortars? 5 inches or so? And where were these drone in altitude?

Sounds like a promising technology but hardly a viable product.


28 posted on 12/22/2013 9:39:02 AM PST by CodeToad (When ignorance rules a person's decision they are resorting to superstition.)
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To: shove_it

Better keep the info away from dims or it will wind up in the hands of our enemies.


29 posted on 12/22/2013 9:39:59 AM PST by Nuc 1.1 (Nuc 1 Liberals aren't Patriots. Remember 1789!)
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To: Azeem

” still haven’t been able to replicate our technology, even a decade later”

Actually, they don’t want to. They know stealth has a limited lifespan due to better sensor technology.


30 posted on 12/22/2013 9:40:22 AM PST by CodeToad (When ignorance rules a person's decision they are resorting to superstition.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Oh, don’t you mean, technology that doesn’t really work (per Obama)? This is money better spent on muzzie outreach and subsidies for Russian weapons manufacturers.

Thanks shove_it.


31 posted on 12/22/2013 9:40:56 AM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: puppypusher

“Compared to the speed of light”

Compared to servo technology that points the laser they are the speed of light.


32 posted on 12/22/2013 9:41:02 AM PST by CodeToad (When ignorance rules a person's decision they are resorting to superstition.)
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To: G Larry
When is a truck that size ever around mortar fire?

FOBs FSBs anywhere we are in a defensive position.

33 posted on 12/22/2013 10:38:56 AM PST by xone
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To: shove_it

wow


34 posted on 12/22/2013 10:40:25 AM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: FatherofFive; Jeff Head

Yes it does seem quite inexpensive doesn’t it?

Maybe it will be deployed alongside CIWS on ships some day?


35 posted on 12/22/2013 10:41:29 AM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: DIRTYSECRET

yep


36 posted on 12/22/2013 10:43:21 AM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: DIRTYSECRET

South Korea should be on the phone any day trying to order a few dozen of them


37 posted on 12/22/2013 10:43:47 AM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: sean327
And the fact that Gen Wussy Clark demanded the 117’s fly the exact same flight path, the exact same time, every night.
38 posted on 12/22/2013 10:43:47 AM PST by Hulka
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To: CodeToad

Perhaps not yet. . but new weapon systems take time and development.


39 posted on 12/22/2013 10:44:34 AM PST by Hulka
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To: Tijeras_Slim

He could have photographed it but then he’d have to kill you.


40 posted on 12/22/2013 10:45:46 AM PST by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: bigbob
Put enough energy on anything and it’ll blow...

From what I've read about this laser it's not intended to cause the incoming ordinance to explode. The desired effect is to render it inert.

It seems rather ambitious to me, shooting the whiskers off a flea? Apparently the brass who wrote the specs consider shrapnel falling from airborne detonations is worse than "dud" rounds dropping on your head.

Regards,
GtG

41 posted on 12/22/2013 12:17:39 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: JoeProBono

Ahha, the missing piece is revealed when viewed from the other side. Thanks, Joe.


42 posted on 12/22/2013 1:26:22 PM PST by shove_it (long ago Orwell and Rand warned us of Obama’s America)
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To: Lazamataz

I’ve worked on stuff that wasn’t allowed to be photographed.


43 posted on 12/22/2013 2:38:52 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Tijeras_Slim
I’ve worked on stuff that wasn’t allowed to be photographed.

I’ve photographed stuff that wasn’t allowed to be worked on.

So we have something in common.

44 posted on 12/22/2013 4:03:20 PM PST by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Lazamataz

It’s uncomfortable to think somehow we are preserving the balance of the cosmos.


45 posted on 12/22/2013 4:06:44 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Tijeras_Slim

Indeed.


46 posted on 12/22/2013 4:07:02 PM PST by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Lazamataz
Carry on, billions of heretofore undiscovered civilizations are depending on us.















Suckers...
47 posted on 12/22/2013 4:09:57 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: sean327

I love a comprehensive reply from someone who knows the subject!

BTW, have you ever seen a current mortar that fires “football sized” rounds? (~ 7 inches/178mm diameter) WWI and WWII used big mortars, but 120mm is about the largest currently in use.


48 posted on 12/22/2013 6:08:10 PM PST by BwanaNdege (Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable. J.F. Kennedy)
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To: BwanaNdege

This subject is my second career. I eat and breath this stuff at work every day and I’m loving every miute of it.


49 posted on 12/22/2013 6:22:33 PM PST by sean327 (God created all men equal, then some become Marines!)
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To: BwanaNdege

The football sized mortar thing made me laugh. If you are going to report on a weapons program it might help you to do a little research on the damn subject you are about to write an article on. Reporters are lazy idiots for the most part.


50 posted on 12/22/2013 6:26:39 PM PST by sean327 (God created all men equal, then some become Marines!)
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