Originally posted by devilwasp
intelgurl u got there b fore me
a rail gun would cause a great amount of damage imagine getting hit by something so fast that by the time u scream the bullets gone and ur limb is
RAILGUNS are science-fiction, G.
Anyway, RAilguns and lasers have no interestes in the actual Urban Guerilla context.
They want to make a Space based laser to remotely kill anybody they want, where they want, when they...
I don't like this idea, and anyway, they don't have the technology yet to use lasers on a battle ground :
Okay here's some quote of Bob YAMAMOTO, project responsible on military solid state lasers at Lawrence Livermore laboratory :
"... The lasers of the battle field will have to be rather compact and mobiles to enter the tail of a helicopter, the belly of a jet or on the back
seat of Humvee. "
But for Mike Campbell, an expert out of lasers of General Atomics?San Diego :
"If we had them today, they'd be at the former Saddam Hussein International Airport, making sure no one gets off a shoulder-launched missile
at an aircraft," said Mike Campbell, a laser expert at General Atomics in San Diego.
Of course, actually, lasers are "near perfection weapons"; able to destroy everything on a battle ground, even tanks armors. To get perfections,
they need to be automatized, but, for an ethical reason, experts don't think that automatize lasers weapons is a good idea :
"When you develop the capability to track, target and destroy something in a second, then the temptation to remove humans from the decision
cycle becomes very great," said Loren Thompson, chief operating officer at the Lexington Institute, an Arlington, Va.-based defense think tank.
About the snuper use of lasers :
"It would be a very long-range, ultra-accurate sniper rifle," suggests John Pike, a weapons expert and director of GlobalSecurity.org.
About railguns :
"They would have substantial surplus capability for some power-hungry weapon of the future, and whether that would be a laser or a microwave
gun or a rail gun isn't certain," said GlobalSecurity's Pike
But forget about "Star Wars" and blaster pistols knifing the air with multi-colored beams. Visible lasers so far don't pack sufficient punch
over distance to be useful weapons.
The laser battlefield will be largely invisible. Targets will explode, break apart in midair or burst into flame without apparent cause.
Soldiers won't buckle themselves into a laser cannon. The earliest battle laser systems are designed to defend U.S. troops and aircraft against
airborne shells and missiles. That means computerized systems for tracking, targeting and firing faster than humans can react.
And the world's first laser weapons won't be worn on the hip: The most technically mature candidates are sprawling monstrosities weighing 50 tons
and filling the better part of a Boeing 747 or, in the case of Northrop's MTHEL, a full-sized drug store, backed by chemical tanks or factories to
recharge the lasers.
And anyway :
"You have to get these lasers out in the field to see if they work. If you hit a bump in the road, do they hold up? Do you need five Ph.D.s to
make them work?" said General Atomics' Campbell.
And for the conclusion, the game ain't played yet :
"I'm sure there will be many games to be played in measures and countermeasures and counter-countermeasures," said Northrop's Scwartz.
Quotes form :
Oakland Tribune October 19, 2003
Warfare at the speed of light
By Ian Hoffman
Link to the full article :
[Edited on 20-5-2004 by Nans DESMICHELS]