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The circumference of the laser beam is about the size of a quarter. When it is directed at a 60mm mortar, it heats the mechanisms inside and forces them to blow out of the sides in a low-level midair explosion. “It falls as a single piece of metal with a little bit of shrapnel. It basically falls where it was going to fall, but it doesn’t explode when it hits the ground,” Mr. Bauer says. “We turn it into a rock, basically.”
In an era of belt-tightening around the Pentagon, the laser weapons are also cheap to operate, say Army officials, who estimate that the “cost per shot” is about a cup of diesel fuel. That is tactically useful because the laser weapon is a “serial killer,” Bauer says - meaning that it can shoot only one target at a time, not
multiple targets at once, so faster is better.
For now, the Army will take the weapon system down to Florida’s Gulf Coast early next year, says Bauer, “to test it in rain and fog and things like that.”
reply to post by Sammamishman
My post was somewhat tongue-in-cheek, mostly ribbing Bedlam for some very interesting comments he's made in the past. Ask him what Kenny Edwards, Ryangang, and these pictures have in common.
Then in April 2012 at the Eureka Springs, Arkansas, 25th annual UFO Conference, I included attotechnology in my presentation. Afterward, I was approached by a former U. S. Army man, who served in Mogadishu, Somalia, from 1993 to 1994. In December 1993, he encountered the term “Atto” in a sergeant's description of a directed energy weapon (DEW) tested at night in the desert. It was some kind of particle beam technology that uses a beam of atoms or electrons to damage a matter target by hitting it and disrupting its atomic and molecular structure.