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Lockheed develops huge laser gun weapon


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Posted 05 February 2014 - 10:35 AM

The defense contractor has built and demonstrated a working 30-kilowatt laser weapon for military use.

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Having been a staple of science fiction for years, the laser gun may soon be heading to real world battlefields thanks to Lockheed Martin's latest invention - a huge 30-kilowatt "weapons grade" laser capable of shooting down drones or enemy artillery.

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 10:52 AM

is it better than psychotronic weapons?


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Posted 05 February 2014 - 11:48 AM

Very much needed by countries like Israel and South Korea.


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Posted 05 February 2014 - 01:14 PM

whats the aftermath like? does it go thru the target, melt it, explode it?


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Posted 05 February 2014 - 01:26 PM

View PostTheGreatBeliever, on 05 February 2014 - 01:14 PM, said:

whats the aftermath like? does it go thru the target, melt it, explode it?
Well as a rough guess I would imagine it does some damage.


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Posted 05 February 2014 - 02:01 PM

We need a weapon that vaporizes targets.  Then there won't be any debris.


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Posted 05 February 2014 - 02:22 PM

View PostHobbit Feet, on 05 February 2014 - 02:01 PM, said:

We need a weapon that vaporizes targets.  Then there won't be any debris.
Good idea.


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Posted 05 February 2014 - 02:51 PM

What if it misses, or during non-target tests, does it dissipate or is there going to be a deadly beam of light zipping through space forever until it contacts something? Go easy, I'm out of my element here.


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Posted 05 February 2014 - 02:54 PM

View PostHobbit Feet, on 05 February 2014 - 02:01 PM, said:

We need a weapon that vaporizes targets.  Then there won't be any debris.

Couldn't a laser beam be concentrated and sustained on a target until it does practically vaporize it? It's not like a bullet or missile.

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 03:23 PM

In a galaxy not so far away...

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 03:30 PM

View PostF3SS, on 05 February 2014 - 02:51 PM, said:

What if it misses, or during non-target tests, does it dissipate or is there going to be a deadly beam of light zipping through space forever until it contacts something? Go easy, I'm out of my element here.
No beam can possibly be focused tightly enough that it won't dissipate.  Indeed that is the problem with getting the things focused and energetic enough to actually do damage.


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Posted 05 February 2014 - 03:39 PM

I always thought of lasers as cutting instruments. In Star Trek it's phasers that vaporize.  On Wikipedia this is the definition of "PHASOR"

pha·sor
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noun Physics.
  
a vector that represents a sinusoidally varying quantity, as a current or voltage, by means of a line rotating about a point in a plane, the magnitude of the quantity being proportional to the length of the line and the phase of the quantity being equal to the angle between the line and a reference line.

I wonder if they're the same, I'm out of my element, too

Edited by Hobbit Feet, 05 February 2014 - 03:39 PM.


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Posted 05 February 2014 - 05:44 PM

I believe its a re start of the Boeing YAL-1 program which was cancelled in 2002
http://en.wikipedia....ki/Boeing_YAL-1


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Posted 05 February 2014 - 08:16 PM

Liek zomg its teh lazers


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Posted 05 February 2014 - 09:16 PM

Very impressive. The article said that production-level is going to take more time; that this was only a "proof of concept"
That sounds responsible.





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