Star Wars-style laser technology to reach battlefield

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Star Wars-style laser technology to reach battlefield
By Thomas Harding, Defence Correspondent
Last Updated: 7:49PM BST 14/07/2008

[photo caption] Star Wars-style technology is about to take to the battlefield for the first time with the launch of a laser system to shoot down enemy missiles and mortars.

The LADS system will utilise the phalanx system and literally shoot incoming missiles and mortars out of the sky using a laser beam

Laser beam technology is being rushed into service to combat the threat of insurgent missiles and mortars raining down on British and American military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan.

After decades of delay and billions of pounds spent, it will be simple commercial lasers rather than the hugely expensive US Department of Defence technology that could be used to save hundreds of troops' lives.

In just 18 months the American defence firm Raytheon has turned a laser used in the car manufacturing industry into a weapon that can hit incoming rounds at the speed of light, melting the outer casing and detonating the explosive inside.

A laser has already been used in a test to destroy a 60mm mortar round and in September the company plans its first "shoot down" of a shell in flight in a test to be conducted with the US military. If successful it could be used on battlefields as early as next year.

The Ministry of Defence is also already in discussions with the company for the new weapon that will be mounted alongside the current Phalanx Gatling gun system that uses thousands of 20mm bullets to shoot down missiles physically. . ...
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/new...le-laser-technology-to-reach-battlefield.html
 
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4 x AAA
 
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Can't be much more than the phalanx needs already!!!!
 
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Now if they can just get the power and rate of fire to the point where it can't be overwhelmed by a couple of dozen mortars firing volleys, then we may have the next generation of point defence weaponry. Until then, it looks from here like an expensive way of saving Phalanx ammunition.
 

Biped

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Sounds like a plan, for the 'stan, Stan!

Phalanx ammo costs is not the main problem. The Phalanx system doesn't get all the incoming as the report notes (in which an RAF officer was killed when 2 out of four incoming got through the defences).

Anything that stops those naughty incoming rounds from hitting the deck intact is worth every penny. Imagine how many lives would have been saved by such a system. The next logical progression is stopping incoming missiles, such as those fielded by Iran and other countries.
 
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Good-oh!
This'll be much cheaper than than having sufficient blokes on the ground to force the baseplates out of range of high value targets.

And to acheive the mission. (SP2 anyway)
 

Biped

LE
Book Reviewer
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M16ColtCommando said:
air-burst is better?
So long as it's away from the base, then yup. I'd rather smaller bits of inert material falling to the ground with the attendant risk to people on the deck than a solid piece of intact metal containing HE and frag.
 
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I thought they'd invented a 7-Barrel Lasling. Still this is pretty cool , just wonder about engagement speed rates , especially against multiple site launches.

Missile Command goes 21C
 
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Boring i thought we where all getting issued light sabers , that would be gucci as
 
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Probably, if you can develop a method of getting a hoody to imitate the arc of a 60mm mortar shell.

Dragging this thread away from the NAAFI, I can't help but wonder what would happen if you painted the bombs in something higly reflective and then fired the LADS at them. And (on a completely different note) perhaps we'll shortly see the introduction of the LASer Sighting and Engagement System to complement this new kit?
 
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Juvenal said:
Probably, if you can develop a method of getting a hoody to imitate the arc of a 60mm mortar shell.

Dragging this thread away from the NAAFI, I can't help but wonder what would happen if you painted the bombs in something higly reflective and then fired the LADS at them. And (on a completely different note) perhaps we'll shortly see the introduction of the LASer Sighting and Engagement System to complement this new kit?
Making then shiny won't help, its not like shining a tourch at them. The laser will either super heat a small area and burn through and either burn or ignite the HE, or it just acts like a round and inparts such a huge amount of energy to the projectile that it breaks up, or changes course.

That's physics that is.
 

BrunoNoMedals

LE
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Biped said:
Sounds like a plan, for the 'stan, Stan!

Phalanx ammo costs is not the main problem. The Phalanx system doesn't get all the incoming as the report notes (in which an RAF officer was killed when 2 out of four incoming got through the defences).

Anything that stops those naughty incoming rounds from hitting the deck intact is worth every penny. Imagine how many lives would have been saved by such a system. The next logical progression is stopping incoming missiles, such as those fielded by Iran and other countries.
Flight paths are all software controlled, so it shouldn't be a massive job getting it to recognise RPGs and stuff. The problem is getting them to do it fast enough that you can shoot the thing down before it hits, which I imagine is a bit of a bugger when they guy's 30yds away down the street.

Still, if they get it right it'd be a bloody impressive DAS on a Warrior. EOD could have some fun with it too.
 

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