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US Navy will experience a new generation of combat laser

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The site of the Naval Institute of the United States Navy has information that the new American ship USS Portland (LPD 27) will soon receive the LaWS (Laser Weapon System) installation of a new generation.


The US Department of Defense seriously aims to use combat lasers. At the moment it is weapon relatively expensive, but has almost unlimited ammunition and "free" ammunition. The first stage of testing laser weapons aboard the American ship was launched in 2014, when the LaWS system was installed on the amphibious assault dock USS Ponce (LPD-15).

US Navy will experience a new generation of combat laser


In the autumn of this year, the USS Portland transport dock (LPD 27) will receive a LaWS installation of a new generation, while the military department still does not disclose its characteristics. According to Brian Metkalf, program manager of the US Navy's Laser Weapon System, we are talking about trial operation, the laser machine will not be integrated into the ship’s combat system, and its fate will depend on the test results.

Today, almost all types of American troops are testing various types of laser weapons. For example, the US Navy is experiencing shipborne installations of the Laser Weapon System (LaWS), ground forces - Army High Energy laser installation, Mobile Demonstrator (HEL-MD), Marine Corps - ground defense air defense system (GBAD). For the US Air Force, Self-Protect High Energy Laser Demonstrator (SHiELD) systems are being developed that can destroy missiles. In addition, combat laser systems are being developed for AH-64 Apache attack helicopters and AC-130 “flying artillery batteries”, reports "Warspot"

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  1. aszzz888
    aszzz888 12 January 2018 10: 41
    +1
    ... the mericatos decided to seriously acquire the weapons of "engineer Garin" ... angry
    1. san4es
      san4es 12 January 2018 10: 49
      +1
      Quote: aszzz888
      ... the mericatos decided to seriously acquire the weapons of "engineer Garin" ... angry

      ... not for the first time ... deja vu
      1. rocket757
        rocket757 12 January 2018 10: 52
        +6
        Have you read about the rays of budget in the Pentagon, can we talk about a hyperboloid ???
        Maybe later? In the meantime, it's just a spectacular toy, let the bunnies.
        1. san4es
          san4es 12 January 2018 10: 59
          +3
          Quote: rocket757
          ... it's just a spectacular toy, let the bunnies.

          ... The slightest vibration (amplitude in millimeters) from screws, engines) will deflect the beam by meters fellow
          1. Thrall
            Thrall 12 January 2018 11: 05
            +2
            What if fog? smile
            1. san4es
              san4es 12 January 2018 11: 10
              +5
              Quote: Thrall
              What if fog? smile

              hi ... Then your land what
              1. Vladimir16
                Vladimir16 12 January 2018 11: 18
                +5
                The right path is to destroy the enemy at the speed of light. The fog will stop the light, but there are other particles, for some the entire globe is transparent. Light waves, radio waves, etc. etc. Down and Out trouble started!!!
                Work out the technology of mattresses. At sea, on land ... in space there is neither fog nor clouds wink
                So that the fog is more likely in the minds of the ignorant.
                1. san4es
                  san4es 12 January 2018 11: 29
                  0
                  Quote: Vladimir16
                  ... So that the fog is rather in the minds of the ignorant.

                  ... We have all gone through this ...

                2. Alexanast
                  Alexanast 12 January 2018 12: 12
                  +5
                  Quote: Vladimir16
                  for some, the entire globe is transparent. Light waves, radio waves

                  Vladimir, but you didn’t get excited ... hi
        2. Normal ok
          Normal ok 13 January 2018 00: 20
          +1
          Quote: rocket757
          Have you read about the rays of budget in the Pentagon, can we talk about a hyperboloid ???
          Maybe later? In the meantime, it's just a spectacular toy, let the bunnies.

          With their caps, their caps. Caps on the gentlemen's head ((
      2. aszzz888
        aszzz888 12 January 2018 10: 55
        +1
        ... not for the first time ... deja vu

        ... stubborn, and the loot must be washed ...
        1. rocket757
          rocket757 12 January 2018 12: 19
          +2
          I remember there was a scandal. when the Yankee shuttle in the Priozersk *** zone flew by, their astronaphs of laser bunnies picked up !!! So the screech was !!!
          Just think, our "self-propelled guns" experienced ... so don’t fly wherever all business was called.
  2. flicker
    flicker 12 January 2018 10: 52
    +2
    I wish the weather was clear to them, otherwise the thing was stupid in the fog. As exploratory research - yes, as a weapon - not yet.
  3. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 12 January 2018 10: 52
    +1
    almost all types of American troops test various types of laser weapons
    You can test for many years, but take it into service ... As far as I know, there’s a snag in the power source, and specifically the size. In small volumes, a powerful one has not yet been crammed. They showed testing in the Air Force - everything seems to look smooth in the video, but the application is still at a distance much less than intended. So, you can talk for a long time and colorfully, but the output is still 0.
  4. iliitchitch
    iliitchitch 12 January 2018 10: 59
    0
    "That walks in someone's shoes,
    sleeping in an ashtray
    and then on the lampshade
    something to seduce. "
    In the drive, the warriors.

    So I hear wonderful sounds: "tchuh-pff, tchuh-puff ..". This pump works by sucking money. Well, it's weird. Do not forget to solve the problem of connecting "Apache" to the power transmission line.
  5. Azazelo
    Azazelo 12 January 2018 11: 11
    0
    They will test, develop, do .... and then - the project is closed
  6. Alexey-74
    Alexey-74 12 January 2018 11: 23
    +1
    You can have a different attitude to these tests ...... but I can say well done that they’re trying, experiencing (unless of course it’s a bluff, everything for money laundering) .... in such sufferings new types of weapons are born. I hope Russia does not stand still in this direction either.
  7. Altona
    Altona 12 January 2018 11: 37
    0
    Quote: flicker
    I wish the weather was clear to them, otherwise the thing was stupid in the fog. As exploratory research - yes, as a weapon - not yet.

    ---------------------------
    And it is tested in ideal conditions, in the Middle East and the Mediterranean in clear weather.
  8. Altona
    Altona 12 January 2018 11: 37
    0
    Quote: Azazelo
    They will test, develop, do .... and then - the project is closed

    ---------------------------
    It turns out that a whole quarter of shacks carried one shot of precision weapons.
  9. astepanov
    astepanov 12 January 2018 12: 08
    +1
    Quote: Vladimir16
    but there are other particles, for some the entire globe is transparent. Light waves, radio waves, etc.

    Cool wrapped. Immediately visible specialist. I respect wassat
  10. Non liberoid Russian
    Non liberoid Russian 12 January 2018 12: 10
    0
    Well, maybe in a hot climate, where there is a minimum of rainfall, there are no fogs, dust storms, clouds, the lasers on the earth will find their niche ... but they will simply beg for the campaign from the Ministry of Defense and Congress, sing out that they work without stopping at the burgers and then report back - give more money nikher did not work
  11. Terenin
    Terenin 12 January 2018 12: 11
    +4
    Yes, it seems the guys are going to fight thoroughly, having breakfast, sitting down at a computer with coffee, turning on the fan ... just do not forget toilet paper, you may need a lot crying
  12. Shahno
    Shahno 12 January 2018 12: 17
    +1
    Toss it up. There is this type of laser, femtosecond, they are still more reliable .. Read or sign up for courses. And then, I don’t know, but what accuracy, what is the retention time? These are those that are fiber, with diode pumping ...
    1. Sanichsan
      Sanichsan 12 January 2018 15: 02
      0
      Yes, but don’t give it a point, at a decent distance, the momentum of energy is comparable to the destructive power of kinetic elements, until the technology pulls. while only a plane with a gasoline engine is set on fire.
      and yes ... there’s even a disintegrator in the USSR! matter was breaking down into molecules only on the way. the truth worked for 10-15 meters.
  13. Alex-a832
    Alex-a832 12 January 2018 14: 33
    +2
    So far, these are all expensive toys. Until a mobile energy source and emitter are created that allow heating the surface of an object by thousands of degrees in milliseconds, they will remain conceptual developments. Some of the developments for other real purposes will do.
    1. Alex-a832
      Alex-a832 12 January 2018 14: 36
      +2
      Yes, I forgot to say that the price should be affordable.
    2. Shahno
      Shahno 12 January 2018 15: 03
      0
      I would say for a nanosecond on 2000 gr. Source .. Well, that's not so interesting. The radiation is then pulsed with an ultrashort length of it.
  14. voyaka uh
    voyaka uh 12 January 2018 17: 30
    +2
    The laser that is installed on the Ponce is only 30 kW of power. But it easily knocks down drones, destroys attacking small boats and high-speed boats. The cost of a shot is about one dollar. The next laser in this series, which will be installed on another ship, will be more than 100 kW.
    With it, they will experience the interception of missiles attacking the ship.
  15. A. Privalov
    A. Privalov 12 January 2018 17: 41
    +1
    Hard drives were also once laughed at. They were cumbersome and expensive and small ...
    1. Viktor.12.71
      Viktor.12.71 13 January 2018 07: 52
      0
      Mobile phones are still laughing at Tesla. Although since 2025, every major auto industry will supply its products to the world market.
  16. faterdom
    faterdom 12 January 2018 22: 11
    +1
    Where are the old ones? Will Norway be sold with the F-52?
  17. Mentat
    Mentat 13 January 2018 10: 15
    0
    Quote: A. Privalov
    Hard drives were also once laughed at. They were cumbersome and expensive and small ...

    They didn’t laugh at hard drives, but rejoiced, it was a breakthrough.
    It simply amazes the bunch of "Israeli engineers" TM, which came up with another PR of emptiness. Guys, October, USSR, all this went 60 years ago, who are you trying to rub something here? Now the United States is trying to understand what we had already completed. I don’t know, maybe they can’t calm down after buying from Ukraine an experimental vessel with a Soviet laser system of half a century ago, it’s burning directly. But what are you singing along with?