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ODIN system: against whom the US Navy is preparing laser systems

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In the near future, the United States is going to equip with a laser weapons 7 more ships of their Navy. About this writes the author of The Drive, Joseph Trevitik.


ODIN - laser system for blinding an enemy UAV


Currently 1 US Navy ship, USS Dewey destroyer. already equipped with an ODIN laser-guided energy weapon system (Optical Dazzling Interdictor, Navy). This system is designed primarily to combat unmanned aerial vehicles, and unlike other laser weapons, ODIN aims to disable UAV sensors. At the same time, there are no special barriers to using the system against piloted aircraft.

The US military wants to eventually equip all warships of its own with an ODIN system to protect against enemy unmanned aerial vehicles fleet. But over the next three years, we will talk about installing the system on only 7 US Navy ships. Thus, together with USS Dewey, the United States will have 8 ODIN ships in the foreseeable future.

As Joseph Trevitik emphasizes, the ODIN system is one of many types of weapons based on the use of laser technology. The US military is counting on the fact that existing laser weapon systems in the future will become the basis for the development of even more powerful weapons.

The ODIN system has a low-power laser and allows you to dazzle the electro-optical and infrared optics of the enemy, as well as to neutralize the cameras used for reconnaissance and surveillance on ships, manned aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles. ODIN snapshots first appeared in September 2019. In February 2020, the Navy officially confirmed the fact that the ship was equipped with this laser system.

Against China and Iran: the main goals of laser systems


Interestingly, the US Navy emphasized the need to install a laser system in response to the requirement of the Pacific Command of the US Navy. The American naval command was seriously concerned about protecting its ships from enemy surveillance and reconnaissance in the Pacific Ocean.


It is clear that we are talking primarily about protecting American ships from China, which is the main enemy of the United States in the Asia-Pacific region. American ships have repeatedly performed maneuvers in the immediate vicinity of the ships of the Chinese Navy, in turn, there is no doubt that China is also actively monitoring the movement of American ships in the Pacific Ocean.

In February 2020, information appeared that the destroyer of the Chinese Navy directed a laser beam at one of the P-8A Poseidon marine patrol aircraft in the Philippine Sea. This is far from the only case of the use of lasers by Chinese warships against American military aircraft and aircraft of American allies in the Asia-Pacific region.

But while in East and Southeast Asia the main opponent of the United States, against which laser weapons can be used, is China, then in the Middle East we are talking about confronting Iran. As you know, Iran has repeatedly used unmanned aerial vehicles for surveying US Navy ships, including aircraft carriers and landing ships located in the Persian Gulf. Gulf of Oman and the Strait of Hormuz.

So far, the US Navy has not announced which ships it intends to equip with an ODIN system in the next three years. But there is no doubt that this is primarily about Arleigh Burke class destroyers. At the same time, as Trevitik notes, discussions are ongoing in the military department about the prospects of deploying lasers on aircraft carriers of the US Navy.

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  1. Alien From
    Alien From 9 July 2020 11: 51 New
    +9
    High-energy weapons are the future. Progress cannot be stopped. We need not squander backlog, inherited from the time of the Union !!
    1. credo
      credo 9 July 2020 12: 01 New
      0
      Quote: Alien From
      High-energy weapons are the future. Progress cannot be stopped. We need not squander backlog, inherited from the time of the Union !!

      Please share on what your belief in high-energy weapons is based on the future.
      1. Alien From
        Alien From 9 July 2020 12: 40 New
        +3
        Based on progress in all areas of human activity.
    2. Vadim237
      Vadim237 9 July 2020 12: 34 New
      +1
      The NGO Astrophysics, which was engaged in high-power combat lasers, is no longer there - now Dubna Sarov and others are doing this.
      1. KCA
        KCA 9 July 2020 12: 54 New
        +2
        I’ve never heard of anyone doing laser work in Dubna, the Rainbow missiles have enough worries, the Atoll is dealing with coastal systems, JINR is a purely civil international institute, if Almaz-Antey only, we have only a training ground them
        1. Vadim237
          Vadim237 9 July 2020 17: 13 New
          +1
          Lasers are handled at the Special Materials Research and Production Institute by the State Optical Institute (GOI) P.N. Lebedev Physical Institute, VNIIEF, RFNC-VNIITF.
  2. Rusland
    Rusland 9 July 2020 11: 54 New
    0
    Let implant, where it itches, they scratch. Try to keep up with fashion.
    1. Poetry
      Poetry 9 July 2020 12: 30 New
      +1
      The main thing is that the weather does not disappoint. No fog and rain.
      1. Rusland
        Rusland 9 July 2020 13: 09 New
        +1
        I agree, a lot of BUT for this. yes The power plant just would not “jam” and stretch. smile
  3. sav
    sav 9 July 2020 11: 57 New
    +7
    It is necessary in response to "Relight" on the frigate to put.
  4. Alexga
    Alexga 9 July 2020 12: 01 New
    -1
    ODIN Laser Guided Weapons (Optical Dazzling Interdictor, Navy)

    I didn’t understand whether we were talking about laser weapons or about using a laser beam to illuminate a target, so this is far from new.
    1. Grazdanin
      Grazdanin 9 July 2020 12: 05 New
      +1
      One burns surveillance devices.
      1. Alexga
        Alexga 9 July 2020 12: 07 New
        +1
        Electron-optical is quite possible, but, it seems to me, a weapon with an electron-magnetic pulse is more effective.
    2. svp67
      svp67 9 July 2020 12: 08 New
      +3
      Quote: AlexGa
      I didn’t understand whether we were talking about laser weapons or about using a laser beam to illuminate a target, so this is far from new.

      Rather, to blind the optics and burn out the GOS ...
      1. Alexga
        Alexga 9 July 2020 12: 12 New
        0
        for blinding optics and burning out gos ...

        Well, what a sea distance! Does that work beyond the horizon? Well, it can be against air targets, but even those will hit from distances over hundreds of kilometers. Maybe not everything is written in the article.
  5. APASUS
    APASUS 9 July 2020 12: 02 New
    +4
    The rationale for placing laser weapons on ships of the US Navy is interesting. There were no UAV attacks on American ships, and its size should be impressive in order to disable the ship.
    1. Ragnar Lodbrok
      Ragnar Lodbrok 9 July 2020 12: 05 New
      +9
      Quote: APASUS
      There were no UAV attacks on American ships

      - Listen, did you have any accidents at the construction site?
      - No, not a single one has happened yet ...
      - They will ...
      They do it right, it’s better to lay straws in advance than to wave fists with fists.
    2. Grazdanin
      Grazdanin 9 July 2020 12: 05 New
      +1
      the requirement of the Pacific Command of the US Navy. The American naval command was seriously concerned about protecting its ships from enemy surveillance and reconnaissance in the Pacific.
    3. Doccor18
      Doccor18 9 July 2020 12: 21 New
      +3
      Yes, and its size should be impressive in order to disable the ship.

      Not much is needed to damage a modern aluminum-cardboard ship. You don’t even need to drown it. Aegis's grilles are damaged and Arleys becomes neutered ..
      Even small UAVs can take a couple of light anti-ship missiles. So protection against drones is becoming an increasingly urgent task.
      1. APASUS
        APASUS 9 July 2020 12: 29 New
        +1
        Quote: Doccor18
        Not much is needed to damage a modern aluminum-cardboard ship. You don’t even need to drown it. Aegis's grilles are damaged and Arleys becomes neutered ..
        Even small UAVs can take a couple of light anti-ship missiles. So protection against drones is becoming an increasingly urgent task.

        If you consider your version, then this laser can generally be thrown in the trash !!!
    4. forpost
      forpost 9 July 2020 19: 25 New
      -1
      but there was a target arrival, and no one forbade fear
  6. Grazdanin
    Grazdanin 9 July 2020 12: 07 New
    -1
    But over the next three years, we will talk about installing the system on only 7 US Navy ships.

    Only 7 ships will be equipped with laser weapons ... we have each PPSnik already has a laser gun!
  7. voyaka uh
    voyaka uh 9 July 2020 13: 08 New
    +2
    Two ships already have more powerful near-air defense lasers: 25 kW and 75 kW. 25 kW lowers a small drone from 3-5 km. A 75 kW can bring down a small RCC
    This system is parallel to the laser air defense / missile defense system.
  8. Shadow041
    Shadow041 9 July 2020 13: 50 New
    +4
    The USA is an evil empire and its weapons this fascist state will use for further attacks on foreign states, with the aim of plundering them.
    1. Vadim237
      Vadim237 9 July 2020 17: 16 New
      0
      Therefore, all states need to purchase modern air defense systems and improve special services.
  9. Alexey-74
    Alexey-74 9 July 2020 15: 35 New
    -3
    The capabilities of laser weapons are currently very limited by many factors .... but of course the day will come when fiction will come true, and most importantly do not miss this moment. I think Russia has something to answer and I won’t be surprised that our engineers have already achieved a lot, an example while the "secret" "Relight" and this is just the beginning.