Tuesday, July 27, 2010

U.S. Navy Successfully Uses Laser to Shoot Down Drones

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Star Wars is no longer a dream for many. The laser actually works today and is very successful in all the testing it's been used for.

To know that we have this kind of power here in the U.S. should help us feel a bit safer right? Well, anyone that knows even just the movie. Take this and put it in the hands of an Evil ruler and it would seem we all would have a major Empire to fight.
This is a very cool piece of technology. I guess at this point it couldn't have come at a better time.
clipped from www.cbsnews.com

U.S. Navy Successfully Uses Laser to Shoot Down Drones

The U.S. Navy has used a a laser weapon to shoot down four unmanned aerial vehicles in a test that rings up memories of Ronald Reagan's "Star Wars" missile defense shield in the 1980s.
The successful test of the Laser Weapon System off the coast of California was announced during the Farnborough International Air Show, which is taking place this week in England.
clipped from www.telegraph.co.uk

The weapon, mounted on a warship’s missile, shot down four unmanned aerial
vehicles (UAV) in secret testing carried out off the California coast, The
Daily Telegraph
has learnt.

The laser is mounted on a Phalanx close in weapons system that has a radar
detection system. The targeting system was used in Iraq,
to train fire from a Gatling onto rockets and mortars raining down on
British bases.
clipped from www.dailymail.co.uk
Raytheon's Phalanx Sensors Used in Laser Shoot Down of Airborne Targets
Raytheon's Phalanx Sensors Used in Laser Shoot Down of Airborne Targets
He called the California tests ‘a great day for the laser.’
The Laser Close-In Weapons System (CIWS) produces a 50 kilowatt beam
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