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Tuesday, 12 April 2011 10:05

US Navy destroys a ship with a laser

Written by Nick Farell
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Who needs shells?
The US Navy, which first saw action turning its canons on British civilians, has successfully experimented fired a laser ray gun mounted on a warship.

According to YouTube footage, the laser was used to set fire to an empty motorboat. The demonstration took place near San Nicholas Island, could mark a new era in Naval weaponry.

According to Rear Admiral Nevin Carr, chief of the Office of Naval Research, by turning energy into a weapon, the Navy becomes more efficient and more effective. Built by Northrop Grumman the laser system can blast apart incoming cruise missiles, take out aircraft and possibly down ballistic missiles.

The laser power can be also “scaled down” so that it can be used against pirates, terrorists and smugglers without killing them. The laser gun was mounted to the deck of the retired Naval destroyer Paul Foster and fired on the small boat's engines.

The YouTube video shows one of the engines spark and within seconds, is engulfed in flames. While lasers have been used successfully on land, this is the first time that one has been used on a moving target some miles distant. However, it is still years away from being used.


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+22 #1 Sodomy 2011-04-12 10:57
you tube link where?
 
 
-4 #2 Pyronick 2011-04-12 11:02
This is just a first step, the next step will possibly be using the laser to create a plasma to conduct high energy pulses like a taser to fry everything.
 
 
-2 #3 123s 2011-04-12 11:14
AMG, starwars.

Oh...its not that awesome...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGaO9YwMqBU
 
 
+3 #4 thematrix606 2011-04-12 11:52
Quoting Pyronick:
This is just a first step, the next step will possibly be using the laser to create a plasma to conduct high energy pulses like a taser to fry everything.


We already have that tech, nothing new...

Many years ago I've seen the army using lasers to shoot down missiles and the likes. I don't remember if they were only prototypes, but who cares? It exists.
 
 
+6 #5 twistedneck 2011-04-12 15:15
Yes thematrix606, its been around but whats unique is the tracking mechanism, its spot on despite wave motion of the target and wave motion of the ship.. lots of software in there that has been perfected using the ABL system.

In addition, future bots will use the full power of the nuclear reactor and / or diesel powerplants to create a very large generator out of the hull itself and put Gigawatts downrange in case you want to vaporize a nice hole into anothehr warship many miles away.
 
 
+7 #6 Haberlandt 2011-04-12 16:27
Ima firin mah lazer!!
 
 
-8 #7 Warrior24_7 2011-04-12 17:23
Who the hell writes this BS? You need to REALLY study your world history "The US Navy, which first saw action turning its canons on British civilians," :D Bwaaaahahahah!!
 
 
+10 #8 24_7Warrior_killer 2011-04-12 18:14
secnav now targeting Warrior24_7
pzzzzzzz hope it got him!!
 
 
+5 #9 jonny80s 2011-04-12 20:45
I've been out of the Navy for 5 years now so I'm a little rusty, but does that qualify as a ship?
 
 
-11 #10 Warrior24_7 2011-04-13 01:20
Quoting 24_7Warrior_kil ler:
secnav now targeting Warrior24_7
pzzzzzzz hope it got him!!




Operation butt plug targeting 24_7 Warrior wannabe..."spatsquish" :-x They got him!!
 

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