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Kyle Mizokami Kyle Mizokami Nov 09, 2019 at 01:10. 14 comments

The Laser Weapon Is Really, Really Finally Here

The Laser Weapon Is Really, Really Finally Here
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Rejoice if you look towards the dystopia of the Star Wars universe, for laser weapons have finally, at long last, arrived. The laser, a weapon system perpetually “ten or fifteen years away” from operational use, is off the development treadmill and entering the field. In addition to the smug banter of science...

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Kyle Mizokami Kyle Mizokami Jun 12, 2019. 23 comments

China's Paramilitaries are Reportedly Using Lasers to Harass, Injure Pilots

China's Paramilitaries are Reportedly Using Lasers to Harass, Injure Pilots
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The latest weapon in the great power competition shaping up between the West and China is, inevitably, the laser. Over the past year American and Australian military personnel have reported being the target of lasers coming from the direction of Chinese forces, in some cases resulting in eye injuries. The lasers are another form of...

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Justin T. Westbrook Justin T. Westbrook Sep 19, 2017. 22 comments

The U.S. Marines Want To Put Lasers On Everything

The U.S. Marines Want To Put Lasers On Everything

The U.S. Marine Corps is taking a few notes out of Dr. Evil’s playbook and now wants to mount lasers on everything in its inventory—just as soon as they can figure out how.

According to ArsTechnica, the commanding general of the Marine Corps’ Combat Development Command, Lt. General Robert Walsh, informed defense reporters that “directed energy weapons” were the direction the Marines were...

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Tyler Rogoway Tyler Rogoway Aug 31, 2017. 23 comments

The Airborne Laser May Rise Again But It Will Look Very Different

The Airborne Laser May Rise Again But It Will Look Very Different

The Airborne Laser program can be tracked back to the Reagan years, and after billions in development dollars were spent and a custom-built 747 prototype was built, what was to be a super-weapon that could shoot down ballistic missiles over their countries of origination turned out to be a super-flop.

Now, with the drastic advances in laser capabilities over the last half decade, the Defense...

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Raphael Orlove Raphael Orlove Aug 21, 2017. 21 comments

Navy To Test Superlaser Of Truly Terrifying Proportions

Navy To Test Superlaser Of Truly Terrifying Proportions

The Navy already has a real attack laser that can burn planes out of the sky , which is terrifying enough. Now they’ve announced they’re going to test one that is five times as powerful.

The Navy has a 30 kilowatt attack laser operationally mounted to one of their ships. Their new one will be a comic book-grade 150 kilowatt laser.

What is the difference between the new laser and the old one?...

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Tyler Rogoway Tyler Rogoway Aug 19, 2017. 22 comments

Boeing Patents Star Trek-Like Force Field Technology For Vehicles

Boeing Patents <i>Star Trek-</i>Like Force Field Technology For Vehicles

Force fields have been a mainstay in science fiction since just about forever. Now, the future may finally be close at hand as Boeing recently patented a "method and system for shock wave attenuation via electromagnetic arc," which aims to make invisible and instant protection from nearby explosions a reality.

The concept behind Boeing's force field goes something like this: a...

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Andrew P Collins Andrew P Collins Aug 18, 2017. 21 comments

Here's What Lockheed Martin's New Laser Gun Does To An Old Ford Pickup

Here's What Lockheed Martin's New Laser Gun Does To An Old Ford Pickup

The engine of this old Ford F-150 was surgically blasted to oblivion from more than a mile away by a 30-kilowatt fiber laser weapon system called ATHENA made by security and aerospace outfit Lockheed Martin. ...Yikes.

Lockheed's New Laser Super Turret Could Change Air Combat Forever

Defense giant Lockheed Martin, Notre Dame University, DARPA and the Air Force Research Lab have…

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Terrell Jermaine Starr Terrell Jermaine Starr Aug 18, 2017. 20 comments

The Army Will Finally Be Able To Blast Drones With Lasers Soon

The Army Will Finally Be Able To Blast Drones With Lasers Soon

Hopefully, days in which the U.S. Army shoots down drones with $3 million Patriot missiles will come to an eventually end when the service starts using a 60-kilowatt laser system in a few months.

Someone Actually Shot Down A $200 Drone From Amazon With A Patriot Missile

U.S. General David Perkins told an audience at a military symposium recently that a U.S. ally shot …

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Terrell Jermaine Starr Terrell Jermaine Starr Aug 18, 2017. 21 comments

The B-52 May Get Tricked Out With Laser Weapons

The B-52 May Get Tricked Out With Laser Weapons

The venerable B-52 may become even more deadly in the future, as Air Force scientists are thinking of ways to arm the bomber with defensive and offensive laser weapons that can incinerate targets in air-to-air and air-to-ground attacks. The age of laser warfare is truly becoming a reality.

U.S. Air Force Chief Scientist Greg Zacharias told the defense blog Scout Warrior that under a five-year...

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