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The United States postponed the start of flight tests of a combat laser installation

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The US Air Force made a statement about the development program of combat laser weapons aviation based. Such developments in the States have been ongoing for several years, but so far the developers have not reached an acceptable result in terms of power and size of a combat laser.


Now it is noted that the schedule for the start of flight tests of a promising combat laser system has to be shifted again. According to recent reports, such tests will begin no earlier than 2023, although it was previously reported that the first testing of a laser prototype on an airplane could take place in 2021. Moved.

Citing the reasons for the transfer, the US Air Force notes that the main negative role was played by the pandemic and "a number of technical difficulties." The process of work had to be suspended for 2-3 months.

What kind of installation are you talking about?


Earlier in the U.S. Air Force reported that they intend to put into service combat laser modules, the main purpose of which would be to protect funds aviation from enemy missiles. Moreover, when speaking about missiles, the Americans mentioned both anti-aircraft missiles and those that belong to the air-to-air class.

This is the so-called SHiELD program, which is headed by Jeffrey Heggemayer. They have been trying to implement the program since 2013. And in it several directions stand out. For example, Lockheed Martin pledged to create a powerful solid-state laser, and the Boeing and Northrop Grumman collaboration - beam control systems.

Currently, Lockheed Martin has created and tested some ground-based solid-state laser. Testing came down to trying to intercept several missiles at a military training ground in New Mexico. It was reported that the installation power corresponded to a value of approximately 60 kW. About how the tests for intercepting missiles passed in the US are not covered, which may indicate a low effectiveness of weapons.

At the same time, information was passing on flight tests of a prototype of a laser installation from Raytheon on an AH-64 Apache helicopter in 2017. But only that laser was not intended to destroy missiles launched by helicopter, but to destroy ground targets. Although with the destruction of ground targets, the "brainchild" also had serious problems. The armored vehicles, as they say, didn’t want to be destroyed by this laser system, and the on-board electronics “burned out”. There were problems already at the aiming stage.



Allegedly, today in the US they are solving the problem of creating a "compact laser with a power of about 500 kW."
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  1. zwlad
    zwlad 1 July 2020 08: 26 New
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    60kw laser? it if only on gos work. Here I understand the technological cut!
    1. Vol4ara
      Vol4ara 1 July 2020 11: 21 New
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      Quote: zwlad
      60kw laser? it if only on gos work. Here I understand the technological cut!

      If you think like that, a wooden biplane with weapons - a revolver in your pocket - is a pancake to fly over the battlefield, look down. That's where it was cut, right?
      1. zwlad
        zwlad 1 July 2020 22: 58 New
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        Excuse me generously. But apparently your comment was not given to me to understand.
    2. tikhonov66
      tikhonov66 2 July 2020 16: 26 New
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      Here I understand the technological cut!

      - HIGH TECHNOLOGICAL CUT.
      8-))
      1. zwlad
        zwlad 3 July 2020 08: 13 New
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        Well, you can. The main cut.
  2. Evdokim
    Evdokim 1 July 2020 08: 29 New
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    Well, let them spend time and money on a super-duper-hyper-naher laser, anyway:
    The armored vehicles, as they say, didn’t want to be destroyed by this laser system, and the on-board electronics “burned out”.
    what
    PS Although if something goes wrong for a long time ... bully
    1. tikhonov66
      tikhonov66 2 July 2020 16: 28 New
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      The armored vehicles, as they say, didn’t want to be destroyed by this laser system, and the on-board electronics “burned out”

      - yeah ...
      Again, the Yankees failed to "deceive nature" ...
      8-))
  3. venik
    venik 1 July 2020 09: 00 New
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    "......ABOUT how the missile interception tests went through are not distributed in the USA.
    Something they did not work out there .... thought Stirlitz.
  4. A. Privalov
    A. Privalov 1 July 2020 09: 30 New
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    Raytheon did not report a delay in the timing of field trials. In August last year, they delivered two units for running-in and training personnel for a period of 12 months to the active troops. So, by the end of the year we will wait for reports on the test results.
    1. tikhonov66
      tikhonov66 2 July 2020 16: 29 New
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      So, by the end of the year we will wait for reports on the test results.

      - is not a fact. 8-))
  5. Thrifty
    Thrifty 1 July 2020 10: 54 New
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    500 kW laser power, and even “compact!” Probably with a helicopter in length? And what is the source of energy in size and mass? This source will be placed in a cargo Boeing, and a multi-kilometer armored cable will be pulled to a turntable with a laser to transfer energy to the laser gun? ??
    1. tikhonov66
      tikhonov66 2 July 2020 16: 34 New
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      500 kW laser power, and even “compact!” Probably with a helicopter in length?

      - you are a hopeless optimist.
      It’s from such optimists that the financing of the “SHiELD program” is milked
      8-)))
      - at such powers, even in a short pulse, the resonator mirrors overheat and also briefly lose their shape, which in the best case leads to a drop in the power of the generated beam.
  6. Pandiurin
    Pandiurin 1 July 2020 11: 51 New
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    Quote: Thrifty
    500 kW laser power, and even “compact!” Probably with a helicopter in length? And what is the source of energy in size and mass? This source will be placed in a cargo Boeing, and a multi-kilometer armored cable will be pulled to a turntable with a laser to transfer energy to the laser gun? ??


    The laser does not work all the time.
    For example, a 100 kW generator runs on a charge of 48 seconds + 12 seconds at the moment of impulse. Those. at full power of 500 kW under such conditions, it is possible to give a pulse lasting 12 seconds once a minute.

    Figures from the ceiling, for example.

    And if the task is to blind a rocket with an optical infrared seeker, then it may not work at full power.
    1. Thrifty
      Thrifty 1 July 2020 12: 55 New
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      A combat laser with a power of over 140 kW at the output is now simply utopia! You can write anything! I remember a translated article on the Internet, in 2001, a military engineer promised that in 10 years in the United States, and nowhere else in the world will they adopt a compact laser, such as a backpack, which will burn ANY military equipment on the battlefield! And where is this superhero? The United States tends to scatter promises, and not fulfill them! They have too naive approaches to solving many complex technological problems.
    2. tikhonov66
      tikhonov66 2 July 2020 16: 47 New
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      For example, a 100 kW generator runs on a charge of 48 seconds + 12 seconds at the moment of impulse. Those. at full power of 500 kW under these conditions, you can give a pulse lasting 12 seconds once a minute ..

      - dear, the laser is NOT IRON with an efficiency of 100% of the input power - but it’s good if the “locomotive” - with an efficiency of 5-10%
      - and therefore for a 500 kW laser - a 100 kW generator can provide a frequency of 12 sec pulses
      12sec * 500Kw = 6000Kw * sec
      T.O. the generator (taking into account the efficiency of 10%) must be "built up" 60000 kW * sec
      What the "100 kW generator" will take 60000 kW * sec / 100 kW = 600 sec = 10 minutes.
      And this is only if you LOSS OF energy during its transportation through cables
      and during storage / storage. So in reality - it will not be 10 minutes, but maybe all 20 ...

      “Well, how,” is happy?
      8-))

      Figures from the ceiling, for example.

      - and "from the spot" - DO NOT.
      It is necessary - FROM THE HEAD.
      And not from bad - but from LITERATURE.
      Physically literate.
      8-)
  7. Free wind
    Free wind 1 July 2020 12: 13 New
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    And what does the laser and the inability to burn electronics have to do with it? Without breaking the case, the electronics cannot be burned. Other toys are needed there, but toys, that is, but it is impossible to get around some obstacles.
  8. APAHAKC
    APAHAKC 1 July 2020 21: 49 New
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    super! - pleased, chase this "hat" - we certainly believe !!!
    1. tikhonov66
      tikhonov66 2 July 2020 16: 50 New
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      chase this "hat" - we certainly believe !!!

      - Yes, let them drive!
      The more money pumped out of the Pentagon, the faster the US will collapse.