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Originally posted by AaronWilson
my 300mw green is very similiar to the picture, except the beam on mine is pin pointed to 5km. For a beam of energy to simply have enough power to be seen is a amazing. But real world lasers for military purpose will be high powered IR lasers at like gigawatts or some huge power scale.
A high-energy laser (HEL) fired from a US warship off the California coast has ignited a nearby boat. Video courtesy of the US Office of Naval Research. Continue reading the main story Related Stories Laser cannon set to blind pirates Anti-aircraft laser makes debut The US Navy has fired a laser gun from one of its ships for the first time. Researchers used the high-energy laser (HEL) to disable a boat by setting fire to its engines off the coast of California. Similar systems had previously been tested on land, but moist sea air presented an extra challenge as it reduces a beam's power. The navy said that ship-borne lasers could eventually be used to protect vessels from small attack boats. The US military has been experimenting with laser weapons since the 1970s. Early systems used large, chemical-based lasers which tended to produce dangerous waste gases. More recently, scientists have developed solid state lasers that combine large numbers of compact beam generators, similar to LEDs. HELs fire Laser on board US navy ship The US Navy system uses a Joint High Power Solid State Laser mounted on deck Until now, much of the development of HELs has focused on shooting down missiles or hitting land-based targets. The latest round of tests showed its wider possibilities, according to Peter Morrison from the Office of Naval Research. "This test provides an important data point as we move toward putting directed energy on warships. "There is still much work to do to make sure it's done safely and efficiently," he said. While a weaponised system would likely be restricted to military vessels, merchant shipping has also expressed an interest in laser technology. A gun which uses visible laser light to temporarily blind pirates was announced by BAE Systems in 2010. The technology is still being tested, ahead of a commercial launch.
i cannot find an article about this.. but a TV show i remember watching