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Manpackable Laser Weapons on the Way for U.S. Military's Future Soldiers?

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posted on Apr, 2 2009 @ 06:34 AM
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Manpackable Laser Weapons on the Way for U.S. Military's Future Soldiers?


www.defensereview.com

There's a scene towards the end of the movie Congo (1995) where Laura Linney's character, Dr. Karen Ross, slices through an attack force of homicidal and generally-disagreeable grey gorillas with a diamond-based portable laser weapon 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. But lightweight, manpackable solid-state weapons-grade lasers a.k.a. weaponized lasers a.k.a. laser weapons have so far been relegated to the realms of science fiction and entertainment, but thanks to companies like Northrop Grumman and Boeing, they very well may become a reality in our lifetimes.

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.
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posted on Apr, 2 2009 @ 06:34 AM
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Reportedly, the weapon known as the "Firestrike high-power laser" is a product of the manufacturers & warmongers involved in the Joint High Power Solid State Laser (JHPSSL) program. Weapons like that have been tested at 5 minutes of continuous operation, and they've also been operated for a total duration of 85+ minutes (to date).

During the 5 minute test, the laser shooter achieved electro-optical efficiency of 19.3%, and got full power in less than 0.6 seconds. Apparently, the beam quality was better than 3.0.

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posted on Apr, 2 2009 @ 06:52 AM
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Already posted here mate - an hour or two ago



posted on Apr, 2 2009 @ 07:26 AM
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That's fine information. Thanks for your message.



posted on Apr, 2 2009 @ 07:29 AM
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"Manpackable"?

Isn't that sort of how people smuggle drugs onto airplanes?



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