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Laser Defense

Posted: Apr 12th, 2006 at 1:54 pm
by Jeng
First glowing review I've read of how the technology is comeing along.

Directed Energy Weapons <--clicky

The Zeus is actually a solid-state laser developed by the Army to heat up mines, to be able to clear minefields at a distance. In fact, the Zeus was deployed to Afghanistan, and several hundred mines were cleared by the use of this tactical weapon. There is another one called the THEL, or the Tactical High Energy Laser, that was developed for the Army, and this laser had actually shot down Katyusha rockets in White Sands Missile Range, and after over 30 Katyusha rockets were shot down, they decided to see if they could also shoot down mortars and artillery shells, and they were successful on that.

Sounds pretty cool.

Posted: Apr 12th, 2006 at 2:30 pm
by K2
That... is fuckin sweet. I want one.

Posted: Apr 12th, 2006 at 2:57 pm
by Campsalot
I've been hearing about the millimeter wave devices for crowd control for some time now. However, that is the most "from the horse's mouth" information I have seen. The ABL will be awesome when they get it flying in a couple of years.


Posted: Apr 12th, 2006 at 3:35 pm
by JayPhat
I have one word


Posted: Apr 12th, 2006 at 4:33 pm
by Burzum
JayPhat wrote:I have one word


I think you mean "PEEEW! PEEEW!"

Posted: Apr 12th, 2006 at 5:03 pm
by G Zus
K2 i think u just search for it on e-bay

Posted: Apr 12th, 2006 at 7:13 pm
by Dylan
Hey maybe now Reagan's "Star Wars" defense might be possible...

Posted: Apr 12th, 2006 at 7:36 pm
by Catalyst22
I used to operate a (and I know I'm going to say spell this wrong because I have no memory) GSR PIPSI 15/25 in the Army. I did it for 3 years and it prob shortened my life by about 30 years. You could sit a styrophone cup in front of it and it would melt it in less than a minute. This is a MAN PORTABLE radar unit btw. As a side bennefit it gave off the exact same signature as a Russian ZSU :(

Posted: Apr 12th, 2006 at 8:54 pm
by Sandbox
I smell a lawsuit

Posted: Apr 12th, 2006 at 10:03 pm
by Jeng
Sandbox wrote:I smell a lawsuit

Right up there with the cops sueing the radar gun makers for infertility cause the cops would rest the gun in their crotch while waiting on cars to shoot.