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It's being reported that Northrop Grumman has successfully developed a seven-laser-chain 105.5 kW solid-state laser called "Firestrike" that's scalable up to 120 kW by adding an eigth chain. Firestrike's scalable "building-block" approach was apparently the answer to the long-sought weapon-level power question.
The Firestrike high-power laser, a product of the Joint High Power Solid State Laser (JHPSSL) program, was tested at five minutes of of continuous operation, and has been operated for a total duration of 85+ minutes to date. During the 5-minute test, the laser achieved electro-optical efficiency of 19.3 percent (19.3%), and reached full power in less than 0.6 seconds. Beam quality was better than 3.0.
Originally posted by TheComte
Yay, better weapons. Just what the world needs. After all, when you shoot someone with a bullet they sometimes live. This is unacceptable.
Originally posted by ahnggk
It never said in the article it can kill. It didn't even say what it's capable of doing...
[the laser]...slices through...like a Ginsu knife through a ripe tomato. It's scenes like this that excite the minds of U.S. military/DoD (Department of Defense) weapons developers, and encourage them to make them a reality.
You shoot a laser at a tank- it burns through- tank goes boom. You shoot a laser at a tank designed to counter your laser- you shoot at tank- tank reflects your laser back at you- you go boom.
You shoot a laser at a tank designed to counter your laser- you shoot at tank- tank reflects your laser back at you- you go boom.
I wonder what it takes to "reload" this weapon? Is it chemical gases that need to be changed? A power pack? Or the whole device?
Originally posted by The Godfather of Conspira
A megawatt laser aimed at a tank would probably heat it up to the point where it's engine could overheat or the optics may be damaged, but that's about it. The crew inside probably wouldn't even would feel any warmer.
No offense but that is inaccurate; both in terms of what a megawatt class laser can do, and the armor assumption of a tank. Suffice it to say, even the Airborne Tactical Laser can defeat up-armored HUMVEES.
It is intended to disable the missile by dwelling on the missile body long enough that the heat causes sufficient damage to the body to terminate its acceleration, causing the warhead to fall short of its target.