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German laser system is actually two lasers

A German company called Rheinmetall Defense recently conducted a test on its 50 kW high-energy laser at the company's proving grounds in Switzerland. The company says that its laser system passed all tests with flying colors.
The system consists of a pair of lasers mounted on Revolver Gun air defense turrets -- one of the lasers has 30 kW of power and the other supplies 20 kW of power. The laser system uses Beam Superimposing Technology to combine the two lasers into single higher intensity beam. The laser was tested on numerous targets including a 15 mm thick steel girder that it was able to slice from a distance of 1 km.

The second test for the laser system was conducted at a distance of 2 km and the system was able to shoot down drones as they nosedived towards the ground at 15 meters per second. The radar system component of the laser was able to track the drones during their descent from up to 3 km away from the laser.

The final test, and possibly the most impressive feat the laser accomplished during testing, was to show its ability to track and destroy a very small ballistic target. The laser system was able to detect and the target an 82 mm steel ball that was traveling at 50 meters per second and destroy it. The 82 mm diameter steel ball was meant to simulate an incoming mortar round.

The defense company also notes that the proving grounds in Switzerland where the tests were conducted offered weather that was less than ideal for laser system operation. The company says that the laser functioned in ice, rain, snow, and extremely bright sunlight.
The U.S. military is also extensively testing laser weapon systems.

Source: Singularity Hub

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this is cool
By alu on 1/8/2013 9:44:26 AM , Rating: -1
This looks like a cheap system and is inherently defensive with the potential to save lives.

The next step is to design a weapon that penetrates this defense. Maybe a laser?
Then a laser reflector as another defense system?
Then an über-ray to do be repelled by a bucket of pig fat?

I am all for the research but how long do we need to keep investing in weapons and expensive war toys?

RE: this is cool
By michal1980 on 1/8/2013 9:56:30 AM , Rating: 2
as long as were human.

RE: this is cool
By mcnabney on 1/8/13, Rating: 0
RE: this is cool
By MrBungle123 on 1/8/2013 10:41:06 AM , Rating: 2
After a giant meteor strikes the earth and a race of mutant fruit flys attempts to unseat us as the dominant species on the planet we'll need such things... I say keep building better weapons.

"Young lady, in this house we obey the laws of thermodynamics!" -- Homer Simpson
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