Weapons-Grade Lasers by the end of '08?
How many times have weapons researchers, manufacturers, and "point men" told the industry watchers that a practical battlefield laser, "Is One or
two years away from reality."
Thanks to funding by DARPA - (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the leading and discretionary branch of the Defense Department's research
division) and the decision to abandon chemical lasers in favor of electrically powered energy beams, there are numerous systems now coming to
fruition. Although varied in stages of development, the prospect of a incorporating lasers into our defensive weaponry may be the first use of a "ray
gun" on the battlefield.
The final testing phase of the Army's new "Laser Centurion" (Below) is already underway:
White Sands Testing New Laser System
As well it's Laser Avenger system, which is meant to augment the current 8 missile defense system, Avenger which is deployed for air defense against
low flying objects:
Laser 1, Drone 0
As mentioned, many systems are currently being researched and tested in line with the Army and the Air Force's anticipated needs for future battles
as well as current threats.
There are many reasons to research and deploy this technology and its offshoots. Precision, which means no civilian casualties, non-toxic to
environment - meaning no left-over residuals or undischarged ordnance, and yeah, okay ... they're just so cool!
I was eight when I saw "The Forbidden Planet" on our old B&W TV, and ever since have been drawn to Sci-Fi and its futuristic technologies.
But when those fanciful contraptions started to become reality, like Star Trek's "Instant meals" galley and the intro of microwave ovens circa
1970's. I have always had the impatient desire to see energy weapons as a tool in our arsenal.
But, there's more to the story:
It seems, because our Nation isn't and never have been fiscally responsible - the current billions-for-bailout a prime example - and the investments
already made in billion dollar systems that are just coming online, we can't afford these additions to our offensive/defensive capabilities.
Battlefield Lasers: Tech ready - Cash poor?
Any thoughts from my learned colleagues here on ATS?