USAF wants Lasers for its post 2030 Fighter.

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posted on Nov, 20 2013 @ 02:06 PM
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The AFRL is particularly interested in lasers that would be at technology readiness level four (TRL4) by October 2014. That means the basic components are already integrated enough to work together in a lab. But the USAF wants the laser to be at TRL5 or better by 2022, which means the system’s components could be integrated with “reasonably realistic supporting elements” to be tested in a simulated environment.



An interesting request, especially if it was slaved to an EODAS and directable high energy X band Jamming capability. Hunt, Jam, Blind. The new 'three wise monkeys'




posted on Nov, 20 2013 @ 02:08 PM
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I just watched that video posted the other day about the new super body suit the army is working on, do you think this tech could be scaled down to fit onto that platform? That thought honestly bothers me...



posted on Nov, 20 2013 @ 02:23 PM
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ultimately right now, there is a HUGE problem with converting energys and then also the containment and release of it.

The reason large lasers are large is that you can run more lines to the "device", less means bottle necks and those are bad when you want to either dump or convert energy.

It may end up with extremely specialized one time use battery's used to power pulse lasers to get the desired effect. The idea that a single plane can fly around and cause bullet/missile type damage endlessly is pure fantasy. Well at least for the time being.

The new tech of self repairing batterys would go some way to help combat the tremendous task of keeping usable electrical energy stable and safe at the power levels required to be effective in place of chemical and kinetic weapons.



posted on Nov, 20 2013 @ 07:04 PM
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ultimately right now, there is a HUGE problem with converting energys and then also the containment and release of it.

The reason large lasers are large is that you can run more lines to the "device", less means bottle necks and those are bad when you want to either dump or convert energy.

It may end up with extremely specialized one time use battery's used to power pulse lasers to get the desired effect. The idea that a single plane can fly around and cause bullet/missile type damage endlessly is pure fantasy. Well at least for the time being.

The new tech of self repairing batterys would go some way to help combat the tremendous task of keeping usable electrical energy stable and safe at the power levels required to be effective in place of chemical and kinetic weapons.


How many shots will they need? And 17 years .. that is a very long time to advance the technology. They don't need unlimited shots, they just need enough to match current weapon payloads, which are currently limited. I believe the F-22 has 8 missiles total.



posted on Nov, 20 2013 @ 08:14 PM
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I must wonder how such a fighter would stack up against a simple C-130-type plane with an x times more massive laser which means its range will out range anything the fighter can put the juice to. But then, who believes in fighters being around by that time except in the poorer countries?

By 2030 massive lasers for offensive work will be on non-orbiting space platforms (if not already) that can be moved over any theatre in a matter of minutes.





 
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