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.
Martin I guess that would look like a 'meteor' coming in from above to the ground.
You read my mind Sarah.
Didn't want to influence anyone, so glad you picked up on the speculative connection.
We had the practical demonstration of this technology 3-years ago nearly to the day. It was demonstrated on MH-370 in the South China Sea on March 8th of 2014. In fact the Navy's working on a 150kW system at present. With 60kW going into deployment I don't see why they won't be able to accomplish the 150kW. Materials and methods are being refined at a dizzying pace these days.
On the other side of the equation; What will they be firing at?
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Look up the passenger list for MH370.
Look at where the semiconductor patents went.
Look at what the patents were.
Get the picture?
Martin,Please draw a picture for me as I was never much good at connecting the dots...
That's what Uncle Google is for
The revelation is so much more rewarding if you do your own research, Clyde.
Here's a starter for you:
Check the uses of Freescale's semiconductor: Listed among the RF communications apps is "CO2 Laser".
While we associate this with the medical industry and skin treatment, it actually has military applications especially high powered "Star Wars" satellite killer laser weapons.
Freescale was purchased by China which made them a potential threat.
Remember the Christchurch fires, the "meteors", and the space junk fireball immediately afterwards? Smacks of beam weapons testing. No doubt using Freescale semiconductor technology for the laser.
Pure speculation Clyde, but a distinct possibility.
MH370 wasn't shot down BY a laser, it was made to disappear in order to gain the patents FOR a laser.
When connecting the dots, one might also wish to consider the possible military applications of Canterbury Universities's Ring Laser project situated in the Port Hills in Cashmere, as well as it's seismic applications.
So many dots that could potentially be joined here it makes one's head spin!
Remember the kids reporting laser marks on their chest when being 'saved' by US helicopters during the quakes?
Came with a brain crush and a stomach twist.
Not to mention the 5 UFOs we saw, one of which glowed green as it appeared to 'fall' into the sea on the west coast of Golden Bay, NZ. The sky that night was incredibly clear - should have figured they had a 'photo op' coming up. What ever that experiment was, it certainly was military far beyond NZ's capabilities. The technology in the sky said it all and from here we saw it play out as clear as a bell.
Ahh there it is ...CLOAKING TECH!!!! BOOM!
Have been trying to connect this one for years...I know they have been at it for decades.
Few weeks ago a friend of mine in Northland was hanging out the washing on a bright sunny day and a rectangular shadow came over the garden about 2x3 metres in size. The shadowed hovered about for a few minutes then sort of evaporated.
She said there was nothing overhead not even one single cloud, which is unusual considering the amount of chemtrailing we get. Scared the crap out of her, cloaking tech was the first thing that came to mind.
And we all may have Google but we also have Martin Harris...LOL.
now that's my kind of media