Tactical High Energy Laser

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    http://www.spacedaily.com/news/laser-04r.html
     
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    I forgot where, but somewhere today I read that every war has high front end casualty rates, as the generals fight the last war. As the field becomes more clear, they employ the tactics and technology necessary to protect the troops, this seems to fit the bill.
     
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    It's also a good defense against low-tech tactical WMD's delivered by the type of 3rd world countries we are likely to become militarily involved with during the WoT. Low-tech tactical WMD's which would be delivered by mortar rounds, like the sarin found in Iraq.

    Destruction of incoming mortar rounds with chemical or biological agents would still spread their lethal contents, but not as effectively.

    Also, WMD mortar shells that require the contents to be mixed before they are lethal would perhaps be rendered useless.
     
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    Looking a bit further down the road, if this technology can be developed further, it will render missiles essentially obsolete. Coupled with a gyroscopically stabilized platform the laser could be deployed on ship. Depending on weight and size it might even be deployable on aircraft or as an orbiting satellite.

    Thank you Ronald Reagan.

    Kiss off, Jacques Francois Kerrie.
     
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    Wow. Lasers. That's so cool!!

    :2guns: :blowup:

    Is this gonna turn out to be revealed to early like those missles that shot does missles, but then turned out to be missles that could shoot down missles that had tracking devices on board? The army was kind of annoying with that one.

    I hope not. Lasers are fucking raw.
     
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    I'm guessing you were striving for sarcasm here, but could you turn it to English so the rest of us could deal with it?
     
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    It seems that we are going in that direction, doesn't it? Eventually, perhaps, this could be used as an antitank weapon, or even as a replacement for the bullets used by foot soldiers (set your phasors on stun!). Of course one of the main problems would be to store all that energy in a small device that does not weigh much.
     
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    New weapons comin' down the road to fight jihadis...
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    Laser Weapons Edge Closer to Battlefield Use
    29 May 2017 - The toy-like drones destroyed during an Army field exercise at Fort Sill, Okla., last month weren't anything special; however, the way they were brought down -- zapped out of the sky by lasers mounted on a Stryker armored vehicle -- might grab people's attention.
    See also:

    Next-Gen Fighter, Nuclear Cruise Missile Eyed for Funding Boost
    May 24, 2017 - The Air Force wants to boost funding for next-gen technologies such as a sixth-generation fighter and a nuclear cruise missile.
     
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    Ok so now we are actually in the realm that sharks could have laser beams attached to their heads. And Grumman only wants us to give them "one hundred billion dollars".
     

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