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The U.S. Army has built and tested a humvee equipped with a laser gun turret that can quickly destroy unexploded munitions and roadside bombs. The system, called Zeus-HLONS (HMMWV Laser Ordnance Neutralization System), uses an industrial solid state laser, normally used to cut metal, but can also ignite explosives up to 300 meters away. Normally, engineers have to approach such munitions (shells, cluster bombs aircraft bombs) or roadside bombs, place explosives next to it, then move away, trailing a detonator wire behind them, and then set off the explosive to destroy the bomb or unexploded munitions. Using the Zeus laser is a lot cheaper (a few cents per laser shot) and safer than the traditional method. Zeus is particularly useful when you have an area with a lot of unexploded munitions just lying about. The munitions are often unstable, meaning that just picking them up could set them off. The Zeus system can be fired up to 2,000 times a day. Last year, a Zeus-HLONS was sent to Afghanistan for six months last year, where it destroyed 200 items, including 51 in one 100 minute period.
Originally posted by Kidfinger
As far as ground assault vehicles go, they couldnt make a better choice than the Humvee. With the additional armor plating, the speed and menuverability, and the low cost as compared to most ground assault vehicles, it would seem to be a perfect fit. Im wondering about the power source though. I seem to remember the ones on the plane required almost half the plane for space to store the power source.
You might be right, but Ive not yet seen a microwave weapon in a square encasing. Ive only seen two styles, One round like a big spotlight, and the other about four feet long in an octoganal shape.
[edit on 10/6/04 by Kidfinger]
Originally posted by Kidfinger
They have the same laser system mounted to the nose of a jetliner. Talk about death from above. The thing is, this tech has been around for a while. I first heard about the jetliner close to a year ago, so you know its been in development for much longer. Wonder what they are working on now?
Originally posted by Kozzy
I actually that thing is a microwave gun, it's used for crowd control.
[edit on 6-10-2004 by Kozzy]
Originally posted by Seekerof
Agreed Kidfinger, the US AirForce does have a few working prototypes of the YAL-1A flying around. We have a few threads on this within the ATS archives; interesting matter.
Originally posted by bign
As far back as the eighties I saw in a magazine called Armada a picture of an anti-air system made by MBB ( Messerschmit , Bolkow , Blom.) It was on a armored platform similar to a LAV25 W/ separate power unit I believe.
Originally posted by jessemole
Why is it that they are not in place now where they are needed most?
If cost is a issue, that is not a excuse. Lives are being lost as a result of a lack of use now.