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Navy: 4 Years Away From Laser Guns on Ships

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The dream of sailors, nerds and sailor-nerds everywhere is on the verge of coming true, senior Navy technologists swear. Within four years, they claim they’ll have a working prototype of a laser cannon, ready to place aboard a ship. And they’re just months away from inviting defense contractors to bid on a contract to build it for them.

“Subsonic cruise missiles, aircraft, fast-moving boats, unmanned aerial vehicles” — Mike Deitchman, who oversees future weapons development for the Office of Naval Research, promises Danger Room that the Navy laser cannons just over the horizon will target them all.

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I find it interesting how much prospect of future weapons we have but no prospect of feeding everyone. how about 0 weapons till every man , woman and child is clothed, educated and provided for? Too bad people are interesting in temporary gimmicks to pay attention to others..

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I agree with seller2006 on that.

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If we invested as much money on space as we do on weapons to destroy each other,we would have been on mars now.

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well said seller69

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I find it interesting how much prospect of future weapons we have but no prospect of feeding everyone. how about 0 weapons till every man , woman and child is clothed, educated and provided for? Too bad people are interesting in temporary gimmicks to pay attention to others..

If we invested as much money on space as we do on weapons to destroy each other,we would have been on mars now.

I wish I would be still alive to see that on Earth but...

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Anybody thought it's the 1st of April, April Fools day?

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Very much agreed we need to end global hunger as well as a truck load of other issues. Unfortunately, there are powers at be that would absolutely destroy the western world if we all of a sudden said "OK, We're done with weapons and military! We want PEACE!" It's a nice thought but absolutely not possible unfortunately.

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I find it interesting how much prospect of future weapons we have but no prospect of feeding everyone. how about 0 weapons till every man , woman and child is clothed, educated and provided for? Too bad people are interesting in temporary gimmicks to pay attention to others..

Apparently you're not aware of how much effort and funding is going into solving those very problems you mention.

Not to mention, I have to wonder how many of you who hold this opinion are also the first ones to attack companies like Monsanto, ADM, etc. and genetically modified foods.

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Apparently you're not aware of how much effort and funding is going into solving those very problems you mention.

Not to mention, I have to wonder how many of you who hold this opinion are also the first ones to attack companies like Monsanto, ADM, etc. and genetically modified foods.

:yes::tu::) Thank you!

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Anybody thought it's the 1st of April, April Fools day?

Hey Him over there,

Welcome to UM!

Very unlikely this is an April Fools joke. Laser weapons/defense systems have been in development for a long time - there is a lot of time and money being invested in making them viable platforms for use in the military and elsewhere.

Check out the Mobile Tactical High Energy Laser videos on YouTube for example.

Tim.

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Interesting...

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:yes::tu::) Thank you!

No problem.

I may not be the smartest guy around, but I do know that world hunger isn't going to be solved by patchouli wearing Hippie Bob in his plastic shoes selling organic rhubarb and free range eggs down at the local farmer's market. Although he's very popular with the Free Tibet Volvo driving crowd.

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No problem.

I may not be the smartest guy around, but I do know that world hunger isn't going to be solved by patchouli wearing Hippie Bob in his plastic shoes selling organic rhubarb and free range eggs down at the local farmer's market. Although he's very popular with the Free Tibet Volvo driving crowd.

lol for sure! Loved your "Free Tibet Volvo crowd" comment! What's funny is I don't know if you've ever heard of Boulder Colorado? It has the saying of "20 square miles surrounded by reality." The city was founded by hippies and it's only degraded from there.... It truly is like driving into another world and they all have the Free Tibet stickers and green peace etc etc, They are actually rude if you're not driving a Subaru outback, Prius or Volvo lol

I had to travel down there yesterday and had an old woman dressed in the a-typical hemp clothing, with dreads, roll her window down and whilst shaking her head, screamed "You know how much good you could have done with ALL the money you wasted on that gas guzzling black cockmobile you arrogant b******?!?! IT'S BECAUSE OF A***HOLES LIKE YOU GLOBAL WARMING IS KILLING MOTHER EARTH!" (referring to my Gallardo) I turned and laughed at her and said 'Excuse me for doing something nice for myself, I've spent my entire grown life after highschool in the military sacrificing and laying my life on the line for the pedantic ramlbings of an ungrateful, imbecilic and asinine person such as you! And on top of that, I give a large amount of money to different charities each month, probably more than you make in a year!"

Needless to say, she got a stricken look on her face and flipped a u-turn. lol And again, I've lost my faith in humanity and question my career choice..... :blush:

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No problem.

I may not be the smartest guy around, but I do know that world hunger isn't going to be solved by patchouli wearing Hippie Bob in his plastic shoes selling organic rhubarb and free range eggs down at the local farmer's market. Although he's very popular with the Free Tibet Volvo driving crowd.

Oh man! That negativity is so harshing my buzz. :P

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lol for sure! Loved your "Free Tibet Volvo crowd" comment! What's funny is I don't know if you've ever heard of Boulder Colorado? It has the saying of "20 square miles surrounded by reality." The city was founded by hippies and it's only degraded from there.... It truly is like driving into another world and they all have the Free Tibet stickers and green peace etc etc, They are actually rude if you're not driving a Subaru outback, Prius or Volvo lol

I had to travel down there yesterday and had an old woman dressed in the a-typical hemp clothing, with dreads, roll her window down and whilst shaking her head, screamed "You know how much good you could have done with ALL the money you wasted on that gas guzzling black cockmobile you arrogant b******?!?! IT'S BECAUSE OF A***HOLES LIKE YOU GLOBAL WARMING IS KILLING MOTHER EARTH!" (referring to my Gallardo) I turned and laughed at her and said 'Excuse me for doing something nice for myself, I've spent my entire grown life after highschool in the military sacrificing and laying my life on the line for the pedantic ramlbings of an ungrateful, imbecilic and asinine person such as you! And on top of that, I give a large amount of money to different charities each month, probably more than you make in a year!"

Needless to say, she got a stricken look on her face and flipped a u-turn. lol And again, I've lost my faith in humanity and question my career choice..... :blush:

Brother I'm right there with you - I lived in Ithaca, NY, for almost a decade and saw it for myself almost every single day. Ithaca is Boulder-East. It's also the town that was so liberal that that the Democrat candidates generally lost out to the Socialist party candidates. In fact the mayor was a socialist for years.

I had one of those hippie types start screaming at me for buying disposable diapers - why she was in the diaper section I don't know - but I let her go on for a few second until she had driven herself into a saliva spewing frenzy and calmly said, "it's OK, I planted two trees and changed my lightbulbs to CFLs to offset my carbon footprint." She was still p***ed, but what could she say since I turned her argument against her.

Then there was the guy that practically burst into tears when I pointed out to him that my brand new Ford Explorer actually got better gas mileage than his 1988 busted assed Taurus.

Gotta love 'em.

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Brother I'm right there with you - I lived in Ithaca, NY, for almost a decade and saw it for myself almost every single day. Ithaca is Boulder-East. It's also the town that was so liberal that that the Democrat candidates generally lost out to the Socialist party candidates. In fact the mayor was a socialist for years.

I had one of those hippie types start screaming at me for buying disposable diapers - why she was in the diaper section I don't know - but I let her go on for a few second until she had driven herself into a saliva spewing frenzy and calmly said, "it's OK, I planted two trees and changed my lightbulbs to CFLs to offset my carbon footprint." She was still p***ed, but what could she say since I turned her argument against her.

Then there was the guy that practically burst into tears when I pointed out to him that my brand new Ford Explorer actually got better gas mileage than his 1988 busted assed Taurus.

Gotta love 'em.

HA! I didn't know there was another place here in the US that was Boulders "twin!" Your response to the lady was hilarious! Back in High School I made the mistake of switching to a school in Boulder and it was absolutely terrible! Me, and the 4 other people from outside of Boulder felt so attacked and couldn't stand the hippie nonsense, that we designated our cars as "Boulder Free Zones" lol Every break we'd rush to one of our cars and sit and vent about the absolute rubbish we'd witnessed the previous period!

Plus, in high school, I drove a 1968 Camaro SS that my father and I put countless hours into. It had a 427ci, with an 8-71 blower and straight pipe exhaust, it accomplished an astonishing 6mpg! lol Needless to say my car didn't fit in, and I got in sooo many fights with the hippies. I used to drive by the smoking section of my school and do a MASSIVE burn-out just to watch the hippies scream. I'm not sure why every hippie at that school smoked but, they actually complained to the dean of the school and said "Something needs to be done with Jordan! He's doing burn-outs in his car right in front of the smoking section! We don't want to breathe in that smoke! It's soo bad for us!" So, I got called into the deans office with the complainants and they said this so my retort was, " Wait a minute! It's ok for 98% of the school, including staff, to go to one section and smoke like chimneys yet if I do a burn out in that area that's not!?" Awe the hypocrisy of them! Anyway, good stories man! Needed a laugh.

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lol for sure! Loved your "Free Tibet Volvo crowd" comment! What's funny is I don't know if you've ever heard of Boulder Colorado? It has the saying of "20 square miles surrounded by reality." The city was founded by hippies and it's only degraded from there.... It truly is like driving into another world and they all have the Free Tibet stickers and green peace etc etc, They are actually rude if you're not driving a Subaru outback, Prius or Volvo lol

I had to travel down there yesterday and had an old woman dressed in the a-typical hemp clothing, with dreads, roll her window down and whilst shaking her head, screamed "You know how much good you could have done with ALL the money you wasted on that gas guzzling black cockmobile you arrogant b******?!?! IT'S BECAUSE OF A***HOLES LIKE YOU GLOBAL WARMING IS KILLING MOTHER EARTH!" (referring to my Gallardo) I turned and laughed at her and said 'Excuse me for doing something nice for myself, I've spent my entire grown life after highschool in the military sacrificing and laying my life on the line for the pedantic ramlbings of an ungrateful, imbecilic and asinine person such as you! And on top of that, I give a large amount of money to different charities each month, probably more than you make in a year!"

Needless to say, she got a stricken look on her face and flipped a u-turn. lol And again, I've lost my faith in humanity and question my career choice..... :blush:

This is too funny. I too feel the same way. I live in boulder-south (just north of Atlanta, GA) lol. For years the county I live in was all white and coming from the north, I found that the native folk here were a bit racist. It never ceases to amaze me the ignorance of people in this day and age. Needless to say, things have changed in this county, but there are still a few holdouts from a more "simple" time. I would hazard a guess that no matter where you go in this world, you will find some degree of stupidity. Fortunately, the people who served this country, including myself, have learned that it isn't the color of your skin, or the clothes you wear, or even the car you drive that make you ignorant. Its the intolerance for those who love the freedom they were born with in this great country. Unfortunately, even the intolerant idiots have their 1st amendment rights...lol. thanks for the laugh, and thank you for your service.

As far as lasers on ships.... great!!!! its about damn time. Wouldn't hurt to put them on the Air Force planes as well... just saying....lol

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This is too funny. I too feel the same way. I live in boulder-south (just north of Atlanta, GA) lol. For years the county I live in was all white and coming from the north, I found that the native folk here were a bit racist. It never ceases to amaze me the ignorance of people in this day and age. Needless to say, things have changed in this county, but there are still a few holdouts from a more "simple" time. I would hazard a guess that no matter where you go in this world, you will find some degree of stupidity. Fortunately, the people who served this country, including myself, have learned that it isn't the color of your skin, or the clothes you wear, or even the car you drive that make you ignorant. Its the intolerance for those who love the freedom they were born with in this great country. Unfortunately, even the intolerant idiots have their 1st amendment rights...lol. thanks for the laugh, and thank you for your service.

As far as lasers on ships.... great!!!! its about damn time. Wouldn't hurt to put them on the Air Force planes as well... just saying....lol

lol That's crazy, never knew there was so many different crazy places to live lol! You are a military man as well? What branch???

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lol That's crazy, never knew there was so many different crazy places to live lol! You are a military man as well? What branch???

Air Force.... I've been to a lot of crazy places, believe me. But, I believe ignorance is pretty much wide-spread. Some places are worse than others and in different ways. I always tell everyone, I can deal with a little BS, but I have no tolerance for stupidity....lol. lucky me.... i,m a member of the dumbest species on earth....lmao.

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Air Force.... I've been to a lot of crazy places, believe me. But, I believe ignorance is pretty much wide-spread. Some places are worse than others and in different ways. I always tell everyone, I can deal with a little BS, but I have no tolerance for stupidity....lol. lucky me.... i,m a member of the dumbest species on earth....lmao.

Ahh a Zoomies man eh? Right on.

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kewl now we can start another war! T.T

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These have actually been around for a while now in testing. I saw a video years ago of a lazer shooting down a target drone with the intention of making it some sort of anti-missile weapon. They are really expensive to make, but as they don't use ammo the pay for themselves eventually.

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I imagine these have been chosen as naval weapons as they will need considerable electrical power to work?

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