posted on Jan, 25 2013 @ 05:38 PM
Well, this is certainly interesting. An area defense laser is a fantastic idea, and is certainly a more proactive defense against incoming missiles.
What with the various improvements in warhead technology, the development of more effective counter measures. It is not as easy to confuse the onboard
systems of the modern missile, as it once was. Nowadays, so effective and comprehensive are the tracking capabilities of missiles, that rather than
merely confusing them, it makes far more sense to just destroy them.
There may be those who might question the methodology, thinking that the US military is just getting its gun off in the most sci-fi possible manner.
However, a laser is a very elegant solution. It requires no ammunition, it has no recoil, meaning that it can be mounted anywhere that can support the
weight of the equipment, and unlike projectile based anti missile systems, it cannot be affected by gravity, or at least, it cannot be affected by
gravity over the short distances involved. Obviously laser can be affected by gravity, as can the passage of all light, but for the purposes of this
discussion, such a distinction is moot.
One would of course, be remiss in mentioning how interesting it is, that inside of a short space of time, we have had confirmation of two defense
projects, involving the development or deployment of new, incredible laser based weapons systems. This one is very impressive in concept, and ought to
be effective in the field, and the other notable recent development is that of what can only reasonably be called A RUDDY GREAT LIGHTNING GUN! Using
laser to prepare a pathway for bolts of electricity to travel down is absolute genius, nothing less.
I think it is pretty clear that the military are increasingly interested in the potential of energy weapons, and seem to be intent on deploying as
many examples of that technology as they can actually muster. And it is easy to see why I suppose. The ever changing face of warfare means that
military organisations are always looking to get ahead of eachother, but this recent drive appears to be pressing the US military well ahead of the
On the other hand, it makes me wonder what might be up the sleeves of other developed nations and thier military hardware advances!