posted on May, 7 2004 @ 01:06 PM
"Could this be used on other things besides missiles? Maybe to take a hole out of a plane or ship?"
Originally posted by jakeb16
Could this be used on other things besides missiles? Maybe to take a hole out of a plane or ship? Could it be adapted to underwater combat, not that
there is much of that anymore?
Also is there anyway o stop this? Maybe a shiny mirror ?
Sure, the plane far easier than the ship simply because the fuel tanks would be so easily accessible by the beam.
"Could it be adapted to underwater combat?"
No... there are other options here... a recent developement with shockwaves that neutralize incoming torpedoes is one...
"Also is there anyway o stop this? Maybe a shiny mirror ?"
This is a common question people have about DEW's, lasers in particular.
First off a shiney mirror on a missile is probably not very aerodynamic... if the surface of the missile is polished to reflect like a mirror the
laser will still take it out.
I have an in depth explanation for this at the following link:
Are Laser & Kinetic Weapons Closer Than We Think?
The short answer is this:
For missiles to be able to reflect enough of a weapons-class laser beam to be impervious, they'd need to be polished to an optical grade and wiped
off up to clean-room specs
. Not the sort of thing that's practical in combat.
Please also consider that as the missile flies through the air, the heat generated, the humidity, air pollution, dust particles and general oxidation
cause surface anomalies immediately upon being fired or launched - this spotting on the projectile gives the attacking DEW ample nonreflective surface
area to heat and thereby neutralize it.
One other consideration here is lasers come in a variety of bandwidths and what is a mirror to one bandwidth is not a mirror to another bandwidth and
can in fact instantaneously be vaporized with a bandwidth that does not find the mirror reflective.