posted on Oct, 8 2008 @ 12:08 AM
reply to post by West Coast
I wasnt going to use the L word but there you go.
Expect a whole host of directed energy weapons in the near future, from lasers to proton beams to microwave lasers and such.
A patent was issued to the US department of defence, last year for an orbital platform with a charged particle beam weapon.
The patent statment indicates that the weapon has a dual purpose, one is to destroy a range of targets from LEO to the ground.
And to detect hidden explosives by making them explode when painted by the device, even if buried .
Just a couple of weeks ago I happened on an article about an aegis cruiser?, that is being fitted with the mounting structure for some type of
containerized system, one on each side of the ship.
It is bigger that what is needed for the current ciws systems, going several decks into the ship.
A laser? or maybe MetalStorm,
thats something tha hasne been brought up and is in the works and works very well.
MetalStorm, for those not familliar, multi bullet per tube solid state fired weapon, that can fire at rates in excess of 1 million rounds a minute.
It a design that is adaptable from hand guns up to artillery, they have test fired 155mm rounds.