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Originally posted by maintainright
How capable are these lasers going to be?
I read the article regarding the accidental blinding of civilians etc, but what is the purpose?
Is the laser designed to replace the gun? will it be capable of causing physical damage to other planes and ground targets?
Originally posted by guppy
My ex-boss is a laser optics engineer. He is currently working for TRW (I think, or one of the major defense companies) to develop the 747 Laser-equipped platform. From what I hear, they are progressing well. Of course, the disparity between mounting a laser on a 747 versus a fighter plane, like the JSF, is huge.
Human Rights Watch identifies and provides details on a host of laser weapon programs of concern, including BOSS, Persuader, LX-5, Maglite, Saber 203, TLOS, Green Laser, Nighthawk and Y-Blue. In some cases, it appears that the very blinding laser weapons that were being developed prior to the 1995 policy (e.g., Saber 203, LCMS/TLOS) are being modified for deployment as dazzlers, with just a less apparent blinding attribute.
Geneva (ICRC) - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) wholeheartedly welcomes the 20th ratification on Friday 30 January 1998 of Protocol IV (Blinding Laser Weapons) to the 1980 Convention on Conventional Weapons. This 20th ratification, by the government of Hungary, means that this landmark international humanitarian law agreement will enter into force in six months' time. "The Protocol highlights the role of international humanitarian law in preventing a horrific new form of suffering for soldiers and civilians alike. By prohibiting both the use and the transfer of blinding laser weapons in armed conflict, the Protocol may also prevent their falling into the hands of those who might use them for terrorist or criminal purposes", said Louise Doswald-Beck, Deputy Head of ICRC's Legal Division.
Aside from defensive measures the 100kw laser would be able to attack other aircraft and yes, even ground based threats. There is talk about having a 100kw laser on the AC-130 once the technology is mature. That could be a nightmare for the enemy on the ground.