We’ve known for some time now that the US military has been experimenting with lasers as a weapon on the battlefield. Such devices could be used to
blast drones out of the sky but lately, defense contractor Lockheed Martin has turned their attention to the sea. The company recently tested a
prototype laser system called the Area Defense Anti-Munitions (ADAM) in the waters off the California coast. The system relies primarily on infrared
sensors to track vessels from a distance even as the target maneuvers about the water and hides behind waves.
Found this article rather interesting, it seems beam weapons are finally coming of age with Laser weapons systems such as this ADAM successfully
disabling a boat at a distance of over 1km. Think they may need to scale up the power somewhat but I wonder how it would fair against incoming anti
ship missiles or cruise missiles?
Cool, but still not advanced enough to really be meaningful. That is a rubber boat and it isn't moving. They show it moving in the beginning of the
video but then they stop it and focus the beam on it. Might as well use a giant magnifying glass and the sun if that is what they are going for.
I think that until they can get lasers to a single burst fire destroying the target, they are really not that useful. Sure they can track and slow
burn targets, but if it were a single burst that would penetrate a target and disable it would be much better.
a reply to: Vasa Croe
I think they have tested similar lasers on missiles,destroying them from the ground/ship based lasers-They were moving fast and were futher away than
a mile I think,Ill look for the link..
Here it is:
Its a 100killowatt laser,and it tracks airbourne targets while frying it with the laser...Sort of like a weaponised version of a tracking telescope
Check this ship mounted laser attacking a drone-I think you can see a thin grey line of smoke along the(invisible)laser beam,possibly the air
molecules vaporising from the laser?
Also it has cool shots taken from on board the drone and you can see where the laser it on the ground:
Maybe you could make a super polished chrome aircraft which would be immune,as the light would bounce off?
edit on 8/5/2014 by Silcone Synapse because: extra words added
a reply to: whyamIhere
I am thinking it may be much cheaper to send a giant magnifying lens up on a satellite,then targeting that beam at whatever target...hell that could
probably roast everything and everyone in the deepest underground bunkers humans have built if they so desired.
Bet they have thought about that,maybe even done it.
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