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(Fox News)   The US Navy has developed a real, honest-to-God laser gun, mounted it on a ship, and is about to begin live-testing it with the Fifth Fleet. Next step: sharks   (foxnews.com ) divider line
    More: Cool, Fifth Fleet, U.S. Navy, laser guns, psychological testing, Buck Rogers, airborne lasers  
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14775 clicks; posted to Main » on 08 Apr 2013 at 6:09 PM (3 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2013-04-08 02:14:31 PM  
7 votes:
Finally we can get CHA written on the moon.
2013-04-08 06:28:40 PM  
6 votes:
Yay!  Popcorn for everyone!

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2013-04-08 06:28:05 PM  
6 votes:

hardinparamedic: lordargent: Running a-puck: This is fantastic! Lasers work great. Well, unless the air is misty or even really humid, thank Poseidon that never happens on the ocean.

With the amount of power they're talking about pumping, wouldn't it just burn through the mist.

It's supposed to burn through metal at a distance, I don't think a little bit of mist is going to stop it.

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Oh sweet! I love Dragon Ball Z screenshots!


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2013-04-08 02:34:50 PM  
6 votes:
This is fantastic!  Lasers work great.  Well, unless the air is misty or even really humid, thank Poseidon that never happens on the ocean.
2013-04-08 06:49:42 PM  
4 votes:
www.lolsaints.com
2013-04-08 08:01:58 PM  
3 votes:
spectacularopticalcorp.files.wordpress.com
2013-04-08 06:48:22 PM  
3 votes:

meat0918: The US stopped using them in the 70s, but didn't actually ban them by treaty until 2008.


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2013-04-08 06:30:25 PM  
3 votes:

mpopowich: Yay!  Popcorn for everyone!


It goes from God, to Jerry, to the Navy.
2013-04-08 06:23:08 PM  
3 votes:
My cat will love this
2013-04-08 09:53:51 PM  
2 votes:

Fubini: Warning shots are for TV and Hollywood.


Personally, I shoot at my TV to kill. Same with Hollywood.
2013-04-08 08:43:42 PM  
2 votes:

violentsalvation: Aarontology: Because we have all this extra money just laying around.

It was actually much cheaper to develop than a missile system, and if it can take even some of the role of missiles it will save quite a bit of money. And it has non-lethal uses too.


Yeah, I hear that if you synchronize it to Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" album, and hand out a little free herbage, you'll finally achieve lasting peace in the Middle East.
2013-04-08 06:56:08 PM  
2 votes:
Guess I'll try again

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"Look, it was hot and I was hungry, okay?"
2013-04-08 06:36:26 PM  
2 votes:
One more point about the Ponce: It has THE VIETNMAN CAMPAIGN RIBBON ON ITS AWARDS RACK. Also, the mess decks are tiny, and smell like rancid fish half the time... even on days when they don't serve fish.

OK, so that was two more points.

Why yes, I *have* served aboard that pile of shiat, why do you ask?
2013-04-08 06:25:29 PM  
2 votes:

lordargent: Running a-puck: This is fantastic! Lasers work great. Well, unless the air is misty or even really humid, thank Poseidon that never happens on the ocean.

With the amount of power they're talking about pumping, wouldn't it just burn through the mist.

It's supposed to burn through metal at a distance, I don't think a little bit of mist is going to stop it.

[2.bp.blogspot.com image 400x218]


Oh sweet! I love Dragon Ball Z screenshots!
2013-04-08 06:21:37 PM  
2 votes:
But can it pop popcorn?
2013-04-08 06:20:58 PM  
2 votes:

meat0918: I give it 4 decades after it's first use against ground based targets before it's banned for use against ground personnel, much like the flame thrower finally was banned in 2008.


If only they'd get around to that pesky apostrophe. In its 484 years it's destroyed more sentences than flames ever did.
2013-04-09 03:53:43 AM  
1 vote:

OgreMagi: I've been out of the laser business a very long time and that was not something we had, as far as I know. I did that in the 80's when artificial ruby rod lasers were cutting edge.


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Don't tell Ruby Rod he's not cutting edge any more unless you want a galactic hissy-fit.
2013-04-09 03:15:39 AM  
1 vote:

Caluth: What I wanna know is what kind of sound does it make when it fires.  Is it just silent? Would have to pay an additional million to get fun sound effects on trigger pull?


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This plus a cardboard tube equals a blaster shot. So, I HOPE it don't cost a million bucks.
2013-04-09 12:29:32 AM  
1 vote:
The USS Han shot first?
2013-04-09 12:17:10 AM  
1 vote:

The WindowLicker: Rent Party: No one uses them any more.  The US quit using them in the late 70s.

On the contrary, I used a flamethrower in Iraq in 2009 for counter vegitation missions.


You must really hate to eat your broccoli.
2013-04-09 12:16:52 AM  
1 vote:

EvilVanMan: grokca: Finally we can get CHA written on the moon.

Boobies wins one internets.


Boobies always win the internets.
2013-04-08 10:37:36 PM  
1 vote:

mark12A: Because People in power are Stupid: Might be a better missile defense than what is currently used on ships.

O RLY?

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R2 never breaks!

Actually the fleet used to say CIWS stood for "Christ It Won't Shoot!"

/Jesus Christ this text editor is farked up!


nteresting tidbit... In the usa we call it R2D2, while the British it is called a Dalek.

/Exterminate!!!
2013-04-08 09:01:40 PM  
1 vote:

way south: chuggernaught: Your move gun nuts that will take on the government.

/Go on, tell me how you're thirty round clip will defend you from fikkin' lasers.

After the events of Cambodia, Bosnia, Somalia, etc... I've always wondered why people think big ticket military hardware (which they don't control) protects them from their neighbors.


Those aren't our neighbors. The big ticket military hardware is there to protect us from our truly evil neighbors. The Canadians.
2013-04-08 07:50:47 PM  
1 vote:

lostcat: In other news, the new "ultra-shiny mirror finish" for sea and aircraft has become increasingly popular among militaries around the world.


Mirrors aren't Omani-directional, and may actually cause an even worse failure depending on how the light reflects out.
2013-04-08 07:31:56 PM  
1 vote:
The SS Shoop da woop

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2013-04-08 07:26:12 PM  
1 vote:

Running a-puck: This is fantastic!  Lasers work great.  Well, unless the air is misty or even really humid, thank Poseidon that never happens on the ocean.


Yogimus: Good for air/missiles, not so much on ground based targets... damn you curvature of the earth!


That's what the 16/50's are for...
www.history.navy.mil

/for when something on the other side of the horizon has pissed you off...
2013-04-08 07:24:51 PM  
1 vote:
d3gtl9l2a4fn1j.cloudfront.net
Do you have any idea what a laser like that could do?

global.fncstatic.com
Oh, you do? Okay then, carry on.
2013-04-08 07:17:25 PM  
1 vote:
Well, on the plus side, the Navy now has a superb tool for shooting down slow-moving drones inexpensively.

On the downside, the Navy just wasted god-only knows how much developing a weapon that only shoots down something nobody was ever using to attack them -- and it's planning to spend another US$32 million a pop on deploying it.
2013-04-08 07:15:21 PM  
1 vote:

Running a-puck: This is fantastic!  Lasers work great.  Well, unless the air is misty or even really humid, thank Poseidon that never happens on the ocean.


LUDDITE!

fusillade762: Because People in power are Stupid: Might be a better missile defense than what is currently used on ships.

O RLY?

[media.defenceindustrydaily.com image 800x570]


LUDDITE! (Uh oh, your guns are threatened!)

lordargent: It's supposed to burn through metal at a distance, I don't think a little bit of mist is going to stop it.


But of course. This is why industrial cutting lasers work from across the room and not, say, 0.1mm from the surface with super powerful vacuum around it. It's not like the material being vaporized creates a cloud in front of the laser, which has been finely tuned to be absorbed by the material in question.

Speaking of finely tuned, anyone follow the pork on this?
2013-04-08 06:55:39 PM  
1 vote:
But do they have it in the 40 watt range?

/Hey, just what you see, pal!
2013-04-08 06:52:19 PM  
1 vote:
"FIRE PHASERS!"
"Um, sir. It's a laser, not a phaser."
"WHATEVER!"
2013-04-08 06:51:40 PM  
1 vote:

Running a-puck: This is fantastic!  Lasers work great.  Well, unless the air is misty or even really humid, thank Poseidon that never happens on the ocean.


Or over the horizon which NEVER happens in modern warfare either!
2013-04-08 06:48:38 PM  
1 vote:
Hurr. Whar my second amendment right to own civilian model?
/I only want it to hunt deer with, really.
//cook 'em on the hoof.
///Slashies for the military budget that is hurting so bad it brings us this.
2013-04-08 06:41:46 PM  
1 vote:
Mmmmhm, seems familiar....

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2013-04-08 06:35:19 PM  
1 vote:

lordargent: Running a-puck: This is fantastic! Lasers work great. Well, unless the air is misty or even really humid, thank Poseidon that never happens on the ocean.

With the amount of power they're talking about pumping, wouldn't it just burn through the mist.

It's supposed to burn through metal at a distance, I don't think a little bit of mist is going to stop it.

[2.bp.blogspot.com image 400x218]



It depends on a few factors, such as the specific wavelength of light being used, as some wavelengths are more readily absorbed by atmospheric dust or moisture better than others. Adaptive optics can help as well, as with them the firing computer can automatically adjust the beam to counteract the scattering effect of fog and dust to some degree. Adaptive optics were something they were developing for the Airborne Laser Program, and I would be very surprised if that technology was ignored when they designed this particular laser.

Laser technology IS one of the weapons technologies we'll be employing going forward for quite a while, there's no doubt. Like ANY weapons technology the capabilities at first will be limited, and as time and research marches on will get better for sure.
2013-04-08 06:34:53 PM  
1 vote:
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2013-04-08 06:28:22 PM  
1 vote:

hardinparamedic: lordargent: Running a-puck: This is fantastic! Lasers work great. Well, unless the air is misty or even really humid, thank Poseidon that never happens on the ocean.

With the amount of power they're talking about pumping, wouldn't it just burn through the mist.

It's supposed to burn through metal at a distance, I don't think a little bit of mist is going to stop it.

[2.bp.blogspot.com image 400x218]

Oh sweet! I love Dragon Ball Z screenshots!


5/10, you might catch someone unawares

/TETSUO!!!
//KANEDA!!!
2013-04-08 06:27:32 PM  
1 vote:
5th Fleet you say?

images2.wikia.nocookie.net
2013-04-08 06:25:19 PM  
1 vote:
Not impressed.

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2013-04-08 06:25:17 PM  
1 vote:
Good for air/missiles, not so much on ground based targets... damn you curvature of the earth!
2013-04-08 06:24:07 PM  
1 vote:
Sharks? Come on, they won't put up much of a fight against a naval ship armed with a laser.
2013-04-08 06:23:55 PM  
1 vote:
Running a-puck: This is fantastic! Lasers work great. Well, unless the air is misty or even really humid, thank Poseidon that never happens on the ocean.

With the amount of power they're talking about pumping, wouldn't it just burn through the mist.

It's supposed to burn through metal at a distance, I don't think a little bit of mist is going to stop it.

2.bp.blogspot.com
2013-04-08 06:14:59 PM  
1 vote:

FishyFred: Old news. These guns were mounted on Arnold Schwarzenegger years ago.


Schwarzenegger's lasers mounted Mildred Patricia Baena fifteen years ago.
 
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