posted on Apr, 30 2012 @ 01:52 AM
reply to post by BIHOTZ
Of all the demonstrations you have, there - only three really have the potential for weapons applications.
Personally, I've been working on an efficient
multi-stage coil-gun design for some time (one of my projects for post-deployment, since I'll
have some of the financial resources to get as elaborate as I want to). The reality is, though, that a mobile weapon platform based off of it would
have to be of the mounted variety. Capacitor and insulator technologies are simply not to a point where the high voltages necessary can be stored
(though super-capacitive inductors offer a potential solution to the problem and would naturally kick into the hundred kilovolt range to drive current
spikes through the coils).
The others are in the military laser systems: www.gizmag.com...
"The results show that all critical technologies for an operational laser weapon system are mature enough to begin a formal weapon system
development program," said Steve Hixson, vice president, space and directed energy systems at Northrop Grumman's Aerospace Systems sector.
"Solid-state laser weapons are ready to transition to the fleet."
I do have to wonder how that will work out in terms of cost-effectiveness, however. Those high-power components will burn out in "short order"
(compared to the measly 5W LED lighting arrays packaged into a massive heat-sink for home use). Those laser diodes are not at all cheap, nor are the
power regulating and supply parts (which will eventually fail, too - if far less frequently).
On the other hand - conventional ammunition expires, suffers corrosion, and (theoretically) requires far more room to store aboard a ship. It must
also be replaced after being used, and the weapons must be serviced and maintained (with many spending considerable amounts of time pulled out of
service due to maintenance issues).
In theory - that should be a very cost-effective move for the Navy. Though that depends upon what kind of replacement fees are contracted for the