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Marauding pirates could soon find themselves up against a new long-range laser weapon, designed to leave them blinded, bewildered and all at sea. Although the laser will not necessarily repel determined aggressors, it should let them know that they have been spotted while still at a distance and that their quarry is ready for them
it should let them know that they have been spotted while still at a distance and that their quarry is ready for them
Originally posted by snowen20
Laser Smaser..........The only thing I think pirates should be dazzled with is a 25mm mini-gun spitting out rounds so fast as to-make it sound likes it's unzipping the sky. Thats dazzling.
Sure keep the lasers just in case but not as a stand alone deterrent. Pirates are highly adaptable predators. It's hard to adapt to a heavy rain of lead cutting your boat in half from a mile away. I think they would quickly learn not to approach ships that eat pirates.
According to the International Maritime Bureau (IMB), based in London, 111 piracy cases, including failed attempts, occurred in that area in 2008, of which 42 vessels were captured. This year, 125 cases were reported as of June 1. The number of ships captured exceeded 25. Only two MSDF escort ships are in operation. There are a significant number of cases in which their operating schedule does not match the cargo ships' shipping schedules. There are growing concerns that that if the coverage of MSDF escorting is expanded, cases could occur in which Japanese ships are not covered.
As such, some shipping companies use services offered by a British crisis consultant firm. These services dispatch former Special Air Service members of the British Army to cargo ships only when they cruise off Somalia. Their duties are monitoring pirates and taking action in emergency situations. Customers expect that since they would also become hostages if the ship were captured, the British Navy would rescue the ship.