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Yes laser weapons already. Experts warn further development of directed energy/laser weapons could change the face of warfare or how wars are going to be fought in the future. Yes its literally a directed energy weapon or "laser". First to be used:, when do you believe it can be more portable for infantry? Since this one is mobile, and easy enough to carry around already(Portable and powerful) so it qualifies to be deployed in warfare:

"US army chiefs are to be handed a laser weapon that developers say will blast drones from the sky.

Weapon manufacturing giant Lockheed Martin says it has finished a 60-kilowatt laser system that will be handed to the Army for further testing.

First tests on the tank saw it reach 58 kilowatts of power but bosses at Lockheed believe it will fulfil its full potential in the next few months as development continues.
The “combined fibre” laser beam uses several lasers to form a larger, stronger beam.

Lockheed has been testing the new mega weapon, that experts believe will change the face of warfare, in Washington state.
Now it is expected to transport the tank to an army base in Alabama.

Robert Afzal, senior fellow for laser and sensor systems at Lockheed Martin, said: “We’re really at the dawn of an era of the utility of laser weapons.”

He added that special vehicles “can now carry something which is small enough and powerful enough for what we believe will be militarily useful.”
Boeing has also been testing similar weapons and shared a video in 2014 of a 10-kilowatt laser destroying an airborne mortar.

Military experts are particularly excited about the developments because firing laser weapons will cost a fraction of the price of firing traditional weapons, be more accurate and will not require reloading.

Mark Gunzinger, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, described a recent incident in which a US ally had used a multimillion-dollar Patriot missile to destroy a quad-copter similar to those easily bought in toy shops.

He told the Washington Post: “That’s $3 million to shoot down a three-or-four-hundred-dollar drone. . . . What if you could do that with a beam of light that costs a buck?”*
The US army is already testing other laser weapons, however the latest Lockheed design is thought to be more powerful and portable."


http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/warfare-game-changer-army-chiefs-10049466
 

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I would say this is just natural progression.

After all SAM's, Stingers and other anti air systems were built to counter helicopter's and other air based weapon platforms.

I'm not sure at the moment how effective a human eye would be at targeting a drone though. Also if ground troops are busy focussing on Drones, that would make a land/ground assault more effective.

Its just one more counter offense on the ever evolving field of battle. Ive never seen Drones as remaining supreme, they were designed by humans, and humans can just as easily create a counter. Its just a matter of time.

Although I was under the impression that when it came to Drone Warfare, the US were the leaders of this tech. Maybe focussing on things that are actually a threat to the US would of been a better way of spending funding.

Unless Lockheed are planning on selling technology to enemies of the US.
 

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Sweet.
 
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This is like one of those James Bond movies in the 60s
 

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That military budget sure paid off!

(But NASA still needs more)

Actually, wait!!!
Imagine utilizing NASA technology like Satellites, Shuttles, etc with these lasers!
Fucking SPACE WARFARE!!!
 

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The next step is to genetically insert lazer genes into a cat as an upgrade from this:



to this:


 
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Yes laser weapons already. Experts warn further development of directed energy/laser weapons could change the face of warfare or how wars are going to be fought in the future. Yes its literally a directed energy weapon or "laser". First to be used:, when do you believe it can be more portable for infantry? Since this one is mobile, and easy enough to carry around already(Portable and powerful) so it qualifies to be deployed in warfare:

"US army chiefs are to be handed a laser weapon that developers say will blast drones from the sky.

Weapon manufacturing giant Lockheed Martin says it has finished a 60-kilowatt laser system that will be handed to the Army for further testing.

First tests on the tank saw it reach 58 kilowatts of power but bosses at Lockheed believe it will fulfil its full potential in the next few months as development continues.
The “combined fibre” laser beam uses several lasers to form a larger, stronger beam.

Lockheed has been testing the new mega weapon, that experts believe will change the face of warfare, in Washington state.
Now it is expected to transport the tank to an army base in Alabama.

Robert Afzal, senior fellow for laser and sensor systems at Lockheed Martin, said: “We’re really at the dawn of an era of the utility of laser weapons.”

He added that special vehicles “can now carry something which is small enough and powerful enough for what we believe will be militarily useful.”
Boeing has also been testing similar weapons and shared a video in 2014 of a 10-kilowatt laser destroying an airborne mortar.

Military experts are particularly excited about the developments because firing laser weapons will cost a fraction of the price of firing traditional weapons, be more accurate and will not require reloading.

Mark Gunzinger, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, described a recent incident in which a US ally had used a multimillion-dollar Patriot missile to destroy a quad-copter similar to those easily bought in toy shops.

He told the Washington Post: “That’s $3 million to shoot down a three-or-four-hundred-dollar drone. . . . What if you could do that with a beam of light that costs a buck?”*
The US army is already testing other laser weapons, however the latest Lockheed design is thought to be more powerful and portable."


Warfare 'game changer' as US army chiefs prepare to take delivery of drone-busting laser weapon - Mirror Online

This is not science fiction types of lasers. These are lasers you have to keep locked on a target for quite a long time before enough energy is transfered that it can do damage. But I'm all for this kind of development. The reason is not that I like more weapons, but because this is directly related to energy storage. That claim of a "60 KW laser" means nothing. 60 kilowatt isn't an amount of energy. It's just a unit. In order to talk about how much energy is transfered you have to talk about kw per time unit. Ideally, kwh. They don't say for how long those 60 kw can be sustained. But if you are able to get 1 second of exposure of the target to the laser, you have transfered 60 kw / 3600 = 16.7 watt hours. That's the same amount of energy 2 average smart phones can hold. It's not a lot, but if you can aim that a drone for long enough, it might do some damage.

Obviously, it's quite easy to protect a drone from lasers like that. Just make the service of the drone reflective. :smile:

In fact, I would make a drone that isn't just reflective, but reflects light straight back to where it came from. (not that difficult to achieve.)
 
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