Battlefield LASER one step nearer.

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Jan. 26, 2009 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] has successfully demonstrated that a laser system mounted on an Avenger combat vehicle can shoot down a small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) like those that increasingly threaten U.S. troops deployed in war zones.

During tests last month at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., Laser Avenger achieved its principal test objectives by using its advanced targeting system to acquire and track three small UAVs flying against a complex background of mountains and desert. The laser system also shot down one of the UAVs from an operationally relevant range. These tests mark the first time a combat vehicle has used a laser to shoot down a UAV.
Original news release from Boeing
 
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A bearded anecdote from communist times springs in mind.

Presenter on TV: Each pyatiletka (five year period) is a step toward communism!

- Abram, what is the distance to communism?
- 10-11 miles, no more Sarah.

I remember one story. In 80's pupular trade union newspaper Trud reporded about mysterious 'light beam' form 'cosmos' in Estonis. The newspaper alleged UFO as a cause. However, really it was a military satelite with a LASER.

I was told by an expert that batlefield lasers are no more than a fantasy.
 
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KGB_resident said:
A bearded anecdote from communist times springs in mind.

Presenter on TV: Each pyatiletka (five year period) is a step toward communism!

- Abram, what is the distance to communism?
- 10-11 miles, no more Sarah.

I remember one story. In 80's pupular trade union newspaper Trud reporded about mysterious 'light beam' form 'cosmos' in Estonis. The newspaper alleged UFO as a cause. However, really it was a military satelite with a LASER.

I was told by an expert that batlefield lasers are no more than a fantasy.
Oh no Sergey don't believe whoever told you that. Power source size reduction is the key, same with rail guns.

On a different note, Soviet scientists were doing some very advanced stuff with different materials for uniforms etc that gathered ambient and reflected light from snow to power individual heating systems. And they worked.
 
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The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] has successfully demonstrated that a laser system mounted on an Avenger combat vehicle can shoot down a small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) like those that increasingly threaten U.S. troops deployed in war zones.

Can someone please tell me who is deploying these against the septics? Does AQ or Terry possess such things or is Boeing on a flight of fantasy?
 
#5
not holding breath for laser (they still havent solved the light scatter problem although as a space to space weapon it might yet have promise! ... not that the US will militarise space you understand .... well not much)
 
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KGB_resident said:
I was told by an expert that batlefield lasers are no more than a fantasy.
I you're talking about vapourising something then yes, possibly. Otherwise no, there are many possible uses for a battlefield laser system IMO.
 
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asmallbrownduck said:
The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] has successfully demonstrated that a laser system mounted on an Avenger combat vehicle can shoot down a small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) like those that increasingly threaten U.S. troops deployed in war zones.

Can someone please tell me who is deploying these against the septics? Does AQ or Terry possess such things or is Boeing on a flight of fantasy?
a bloke up a tree with a mobile phone has been redesignated a UAV under recent pentagon reclassifications
 
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PE4rocks said:
KGB_resident said:
I was told by an expert that batlefield lasers are no more than a fantasy.
I you're talking about vapourising something then yes, possibly. Otherwise no, there are many possible uses for a battlefield laser system IMO.
arent blinding lasers for use as shipborn anti pilot weapons banned?
 
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rabid_hamster said:
asmallbrownduck said:
The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] has successfully demonstrated that a laser system mounted on an Avenger combat vehicle can shoot down a small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) like those that increasingly threaten U.S. troops deployed in war zones.

Can someone please tell me who is deploying these against the septics? Does AQ or Terry possess such things or is Boeing on a flight of fantasy?
a bloke up a tree with a mobile phone has been redesignated a UAV under recent pentagon reclassifications
Does his phone have to have a camera built in to fall under this classification ?
 
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rabid_hamster said:
PE4rocks said:
KGB_resident said:
I was told by an expert that batlefield lasers are no more than a fantasy.
I you're talking about vapourising something then yes, possibly. Otherwise no, there are many possible uses for a battlefield laser system IMO.
arent blinding lasers for use as shipborn anti pilot weapons banned?
yes, but that isn't what he's(?) on about here.
I reckon a centralised BV wagon would be cool. each truck has it's own metal bv (which really is just a metal pot) and the BV wagon which has looooaads of frikken' lasers on it heats up the BV's. Heck, given a few years we might be able to get it to make brews for you too! Hot chocolate or chickhen noodle cup a soup wouldn't be too far past that :D
 
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asmallbrownduck said:
The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] has successfully demonstrated that a laser system mounted on an Avenger combat vehicle can shoot down a small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) like those that increasingly threaten U.S. troops deployed in war zones.

Can someone please tell me who is deploying these against the septics? Does AQ or Terry possess such things or is Boeing on a flight of fantasy?
...errr... Likely a threat of 'friendly fire' is meant.
 

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