posted on Jan, 25 2005 @ 02:02 PM
Well guys, I guess that none of you have heard that the US were working on 'Star Trek' type Phasers.
I guess this revalation is as surprising to you, as it was to me, when I read a '10-liner' in an old Janes Defence Weekly a couple of years ago. It
even had a pic that was bizare to say the least. It looked like a cross between a Broomhandled Mauser and the Close Individual Weapon - you know, that
funny little thing they use on Stargate - 9 or 10mm pistol with a short stubby barrel.
Apparently this large hand held device has a limited range of 100 mtrs and would only 'stun'! Could this be the next generation of 'non-lethal'
Incidentaly, hard to see how you can use it on a battlefield when some guy (or robot) is shooting lead or rockets at you!
As to cruise missiles that fly round targets, I have seen a series of films that show you the launch of the next generation of cruise missiles. The
missile (or launch programme) is called DT-12A. This missile [allegedly] has a warhead that 'morphs'.
It works something like this: You launch missile at primery target - either from sea, land or air. Missile drops down to cruising height about 250 ft,
then 'pops up' to look for target about 20 Kms out.
Having acquired primary target, missile drops to low level nap of the earth flight mode. 5 kms from target area, missile 'pop up' again to lock on
Now comes the good bit.
During this 'pop up' phase, the telephoto target acquisition system in the nose, 'scans' the target area, searching for the pre-programmed target
- lets say an aircraft hangar. It [the onboard computer] then selects a suitable warhead. In this case, it would detonate just above the target,
similarly to the French 1000 Kg Durandal anti-runway bomb. (It would fire downwards through the roof of the hangar, as opposed to flying inside or hit
the side like Tomahawks!)
If however, the scanner spotted another high priority target, more valuable to the enemy than this aircraft hangar, then the missile locks on to the
secondry but still primary target, selecting a suitable warhead.
It then drops back down to below 500 ft and using what I suppose is a booster, it hunts the target to within 1km. 'Popping up' once more, it locks
on to the target and destroys it.
If you search Spec-Ops.com or other US Air Force sites, you may be able to get a link to main site.
The film I saw is in the public arena though I've been a bit of a 'naughty boy' and my ICP/TCP has been 'banned' from a series of these sites!