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The TIS-1 (Tactical Infantry System1) is a gasdynamic laser weapon system conceived by Stavatti Corporation in direct response to the Statement of Objectives corresponding to the LFLAN (Light Fighter Lethality After Next). The TIS-1 is a revolutionary tactical weapon system for the individual combatant that will deliver a first round probability of hit using directed laser light as the lethal mechanism in selectable bursts from 1 to 170 shots per minute in excess of 60% at a range of 500 meters and 80% at 1500 meters
Employing a gasdynamic laser concept, whereby a mixture of Carbon Dioxide and Nitrogen gas is thermally pumped to the population-energy inversion necessary to sustain the lasing process via the rapid expansion of the gas mixture through a supersonic nozzle, permits the development of a weapon system that provides an output intensity
sufficient to serve as a lethal mechanism while significantly reducing the overall physical dimensions of the weapon chassis. To facilitate the gasdynamic process and provide the output energy necessary to deliver a lethal mechanism, a high density power cell fueled by Polonium-210 (Po-210) is employed. Use of Po-210, a radioisotope that provides approximately 141 watts/gram of thermal energy through continuous emission of alpha particles, permits the delivery of the heat energy ultimately necessary to facilitate the gas lasing process. This combination of employing a laser beam produced by a gasdynamic laser process as fueled by the heat energy supplied by a Po-210 power source results in a directed energy weapon concept that, upon further development, will lend to the widespread deployment of a tactical laser weapon for infantry men, offering greater lethality and effective range than the present M16/M4 system.
Indeed. Even holding a beam on a human for 1/3 of a second would be difficult - any living creature would instinctively flinch when seared with a 2kW laser beam. The best defence against a laser would be to....
Non-equilibrium turbulent flows are much more likely to occur in rapidly expanding stellar atmospheres where ideal equilibrium flows are rarely encountered. If adiabatic expansion alone can produce one of the most powerful lasers on earth; this mechanism should also be one of the most prevalent astrophysical means of producing laser action.
Initially this research was classified by the U.S. government, even today information on these types of lasers is scarce.
Originally posted by Cypher
Folks, sorry to dissapoint you, but the Stavatti Corp. is a joke. Not only does founder and CEO, Christopher R, Beskar, claim to produce laser rifles, but he also claims that Stavatti corp. builds airplanes (both fighters and bombers) and space-fighters to combat "reptile alien overlords from Rigel."
Defense Tech did a quick story on the laser rifle hoax at: www.defensetech.org...