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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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By Uncle on 1/8/2013 2:58:19 PM , Rating: 4
"Must be nice to not have to spend money on defense because you're under the protection of the United States." Just for your eyes only. All Germans have to serve in the forces for two yrs when they hit 18 or 19, not just the unemployed volunteers as in the USA. After WW2 you Americans laid down the rules for Europe and that included being No1 Big Brother. No one is asking you to stay now, your insisting on it. As long as you behave and want to dump your American dollars down, whose going to refuse. I don't hear anyone begging Americans to stay. England, France, Germany, all have nukes, all have a standing Army. This is all about Economic might.

By drycrust3 on 1/8/2013 3:12:30 PM , Rating: 2
Germany, all have nukes

Germany ... a nuclear power? Apparently ... yes it is. Supposedly supplied by the Americans.

By Uncle on 1/8/2013 9:19:46 PM , Rating: 2
"Supposedly supplied by the Americans."Supposedly. So much of the American tech came from the German scientists, Einstein-Atomic bomb,"Manhattan Project personnel served in Europe, sometimes behind enemy lines, where they gathered nuclear materials and rounded up German scientists." Werner Von Braun= got you to the moon,Operation Paperclip,"The US Space Program was built on this foundation - the German scientists and their captured V-2 rockets, which in the US were repainted and renamed the Atlas rocket." shall I go on. You sound like an apple fan, steal someone elses technology, patent it and claim it as your own. Maybe thats why the Americans are still in Germany. Sounds to me like without the Germans, America would still be in the stone age.

By drycrust3 on 1/9/2013 5:00:17 AM , Rating: 2
You sound like an apple fan, steal someone elses technology, patent it and claim it as your own.

No, far from it, I use a Lenovo computer and run Linux Deepin on it, so no, I'm not an Apple fan.
The information I used for that comment said that America is allowed to store Nukes in Germany, and that Germany is allowed to control them. I got that information from Wikipedia.

"Spreading the rumors, it's very easy because the people who write about Apple want that story, and you can claim its credible because you spoke to someone at Apple." -- Investment guru Jim Cramer
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