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In the early 1990s, the US Air Force was preparing tests at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, designed to lead to a ground-based plasma-weapon in the late 1990s capable of firing plasma bullets at incoming ballistic missile warheads. The enabling technology was a 'fast capacitor bank' called Shiva Star that could store 10 million joules of energy and release it instantaneously. Officials anticipated firing bullets at 3,000km/sec in 1995 and 10,000km/sec - 3% of the speed of light - by the turn of the century. The tests absorbed little more than a few million dollars of annual funding (Jane's Defence Weekly 29 July 1998).
Dumped into the 'soft' electronics of a re-entry vehicle, the bullets were envisaged as destroying multiple manoeuvring warheads at rapid reacquisition rates. By the second half of the last decade, the Shiva/plasma bullet programme was officially dropped. Observers have remarked on how its sudden disappearance at the time the firing tests were scheduled was redolent of a transition to the classified environment.
Pulsed Power Facility at the Air Force Phillips Laboratories experimenting on compression of solid and quasi-spherical liners in plasma research. The Air Force accomplished 120 thousand volts and 10 million amps down to one millionth of a second (1 Terra Watt) and 10 MJoules by 1982. This system is also key in the study of anti-proton energy releases, ala similar to Star Trek's anti-matter drive systems...no one has such as drive, but this system is exploring the science that might lead to such a device.
HPM and lasers are the primary directed-energy weapons available to the military, but on the horizon is a third called a plasma weapon. A plasma packet has mass, moves through space and has been compared with a bolt of lightning. It is slower than a laser beam or HPM spike, but it can cause much more physical damage.
Originally posted by SEAL Trident
hmm, good queston then, but then again the Hindu God "Shiva The Destroyer":
[edit on 22-10-2005 by SEAL Trident]
Originally posted by ShadowXIX
If you could make some type of force field to contain a plasma projectile wouldnt there be much better things to put inside it like say anti-matter. Anti-matter bullets man that would be scary.
I might have a poor understanding on how these weapons could work, so I could be very wrong.
Originally posted by HVF
Listen, plasma weaponery is impossible unless ofcourse your talking about tazers. Plasma reqiures tons an tons of energy that a coil gun or a rail gun could not continuosly supply. For plasma to exist it needs lots and lots of energy and once that energy is gone, no more plasma. \[edit on 25-10-2005 by HVF]