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"For the purpose of intercepting Chinese missiles": the US proposes to equip aircraft carriers with combat laser weapons

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The US Naval Operations Service (CNO) presented a report on how the US Navy is going to "confront China." The main problem, according to the Pentagon, in this context is the increasing number of Chinese warships, including those armed with missiles. The United States is also concerned about Chinese land-based missiles "threatening American military installations in the Indo-Pacific."


The report presented the considered methods of counteraction.

So, the Service of Naval Operations believes that in order to neutralize Chinese missiles, it would be necessary to equip aircraft carriers with combat laser installations of suitable power.

It is noted that the power plants of the aircraft carriers of the US Navy can provide combat lasers with sufficient amounts of energy - "in order to intercept Chinese missiles."

Also, the said department says that it is necessary to implement plans for equipping unmanned surface ships of the US Navy with combat lasers. They, as noted, could be used for combat patrols in order to track "threats emanating from the Chinese Navy."

It should be recalled that some time ago it was planned to arm the American stealth destroyers Zumwalt with combat lasers. Then the idea was expressed to equip these super-expensive warships with hypersonic missiles. None of the options have been implemented yet. So, for equipping with hypersonic weaponsAs noted in the American press, the dimensions of the launcher cells will have to be changed, which means the actual restructuring of several destroyer compartments, each of which already costs the US military budget about $ 4 billion.
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  2. Magic archer
    Magic archer April 8 2021 07: 57
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    I remember the Americans had such a SDI program. Sooooo much money was put into her and she also promised combat lasers. And that was already under Reagan. Question. Cut or really gathered? We also have Peresvet and probably some other developments. Would not be left behind
    1. smart ass
      smart ass April 8 2021 08: 04
      +1
      And the Chinese began to dress rockets in mirror camouflage
      1. Alex777
        Alex777 April 8 2021 10: 55
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        The States seem to be in panic on ships. bully
        There is no other way to explain this idea with lasers.
      2. Shopping Mall
        Shopping Mall April 9 2021 06: 31
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        Quote: Clever man
        And the Chinese began to dress rockets in mirror camouflage


        It's pointless.
        1. Vladimir Mashkov
          Vladimir Mashkov April 9 2021 15: 28
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          A louse is a kernel! Americans have learned to dream like velikokry !!! What does communication with the great Ukry do !!! laughing laughing laughing
        2. Aleksandr97
          Aleksandr97 April 9 2021 16: 11
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          And that the photons have already ceased to be reflected from the mirror surface ????
          1. Shopping Mall
            Shopping Mall April 9 2021 16: 13
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            Quote: Aleksandr97
            And that the photons have already ceased to be reflected from the mirror surface ????


            I reviewed anti-laser protection here:
            Resist light: protection from laser weapons. Part of 5
            https://topwar.ru/156366-protivostojat-svetu-zaschita-ot-lazernogo-oruzhija-chast-5.html
            1. Aleksandr97
              Aleksandr97 April 9 2021 16: 18
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              Thanks! Very interesting! Well, the continuation of the theme: the sword-shield, already at the level of lasers !!!
    2. NDR-791
      NDR-791 April 8 2021 08: 06
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      it would be necessary to equip the aircraft carriers with combat laser installations of suitable power.
      Well, everything, now everything is definitely gone ... wassat
      ... One thing remains
      Just lie down and die (V.S.Vysotsky)
      1. Zoldat_A
        Zoldat_A April 8 2021 09: 30
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        Quote: NDR-791
        Just lie down and die (V.S.Vysotsky)

        No other comments ... laughing
    3. Free wind
      Free wind April 8 2021 08: 55
      -2
      Huge sacks of money were piled up with us. It was an injection of US intelligence services, and we began to twitch convulsively trying to find protection from what was not there.
      1. Ka-52
        Ka-52 April 8 2021 09: 20
        +2
        Huge sacks of money were piled up with us. It was an injection of US intelligence services, and we began to twitch convulsively trying to find protection from what was not there.

        are you a Chinese citizen?
      2. Sidor Amenpodestovich
        Sidor Amenpodestovich April 8 2021 09: 24
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        Quote: Free Wind
        Huge sacks of money were piled up with us. It was an injection of US intelligence services, and we began to twitch convulsively trying to find protection from what was not there.

        I'm wondering. In the USSR, what, in general, did not catch mice and the country's top leadership had a very, very approximate idea of ​​the technological level of the United States, so they took and just believed in American cartoons? Our intelligence was scouting something in the other direction and could not be distracted at all?
        I searched the Internet and found no confirmation that bags of money were thrown in to counter SDI.
        Do you have them, these confirmations, except for articles in Zen, God forgive me, and on all sorts of garbage sites?
        1. Free wind
          Free wind April 8 2021 10: 07
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          In the XNUMXs, almost every newspaper and magazine, from Murzilka to Science and Life, wrote about a strategic defense initiative. That the Americans are developing nuclear-pumped space lasers, neutron lasers. Parabolic mirrors that will concentrate sunlight and burn cities. Maybe they believed. Someone for this business and cut down the money, and received all sorts of titles, scientific and not very.
          1. Sidor Amenpodestovich
            Sidor Amenpodestovich April 8 2021 10: 09
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            Quote: Free Wind
            In the XNUMXs, almost every newspaper and magazine, from Murzilka to Science and Life, wrote about a strategic defense initiative.

            And from this you conclude that bags of money were thrown in and we began to twitch convulsively?
  3. Ros 56
    Ros 56 April 8 2021 08: 00
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    In the sense that you need money for this business again? Well done in this regard, striped, the chicken is still in the nest, and the money is needed now. wassat
    1. Vladimir_2U
      Vladimir_2U April 8 2021 08: 37
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      Quote: Ros 56
      and money is needed now

      Money is money, but Chinese land-based missiles
      "Threatening US military installations in the Indo-Pacific."
      , and lasers are going to be put on aircraft carriers. laughing
      1. Ros 56
        Ros 56 April 8 2021 08: 44
        +1
        Beat your own who did not complete the combat mission? fellow
  4. mojohed2012
    mojohed2012 April 8 2021 08: 07
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    Combat lasers ... negative ... Something in a real combat situation is not visible as they shoot down at least some missiles in the sea ...
    Bluff and idle talk about cutting budgets ...
    Zumwalt is a useless tin galosh on which even weapons and ammunition have not yet been installed according to the projects that were originally.
    But the time is coming when the United States will not have dimensionless budgets, tk. the currency will finally go out ...
    It will be useless to print green papers when they are no longer recognized abroad as convertible currency. Then the US army will suffer the fate that they predicted for the Russian army in the 90s.
    And, God willing, representatives of the Russian Federation and China will sit at American factories and former secret facilities and watch how missiles and US equipment are sawed off for our money.
    1. DymOk_v_dYmke
      DymOk_v_dYmke April 8 2021 08: 49
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      Quote: mojohed2012
      Then the US army will suffer the fate that they predicted for the Russian army in the 90s.

      And then let in the coastal cities, according to the recipe of Matvienko, suckers are knocked down on a commercial basis. laughing
    2. Doccor18
      Doccor18 April 8 2021 08: 58
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      Quote: mojohed2012
      ... then representatives of the Russian Federation and China will sit at American factories and former secret facilities and watch how missiles and US equipment are sawed for our money.
      like a good dream ...

      And in reality it is difficult to say how many of these lasers are needed, and what their power should be in order to stop several dozen YJ-18, YJ-12, and even more so DF-21D / G at the same time.
    3. Cube123
      Cube123 April 8 2021 09: 50
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      Quote: mojohed2012
      Combat lasers ... ... Something in a real combat situation is not visible as they shoot down at least some missiles in the sea ...
      Bluff and idle talk about cutting budgets ...

      The fact that SDI did not produce the expected results is beyond doubt. But one cannot say that it was a senseless cut. This money gave the development of a bunch of areas that are now widely used. Off to the side: cellular communications, fiber optic communication lines, technological lasers for cutting and welding, handheld rangefinders, CDs and DVDs, global positioning systems, the Internet ... Much of this might not have appeared without the multibillion-dollar investments of those years.
  5. rocket757
    rocket757 April 8 2021 08: 31
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    It is noted that the power plants of the aircraft carriers of the US Navy can provide combat lasers with sufficient amounts of energy - "in order to intercept Chinese missiles."
    And the weather at sea can be different ... and the laser cannot be called all-weather.
  6. Prisoner
    Prisoner April 8 2021 08: 32
    +1
    what Well, business Lucas has done a lot with his Star Wars. Now let Hollywood give its scenery to the US Navy to shoot down Chinese missiles.
    1. mojohed2012
      mojohed2012 April 8 2021 09: 05
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      At least part of the video showed how their "laser" at sea shoots down a missile, even the oldest ...
    2. Cube123
      Cube123 April 8 2021 09: 38
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      Quote: Captive
      Well, business Lucas has done a lot with his Star Wars.

      It was not Lucas who started all this, but the Russian Alexei Tolstoy, who wrote "The Hyperboloid of Engineer Garin" in 1927. Since then everything has gone laughing A talented piece has created an attractive image of this type of weapon.
  7. APASUS
    APASUS April 8 2021 08: 53
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    It is interesting to look at the reaction of the laser when the anti-cavity resonance appears on hypersound ........... something that tells me about the cut
  8. AML
    AML April 8 2021 09: 04
    +1
    Quote: Free Wind
    Huge sacks of money were piled up with us. It was an injection of US intelligence services, and we began to twitch convulsively trying to find protection from what was not there.

    Don't talk nonsense. The USSR was ahead of the rest of the planet in laser topics. That's what the Americans were thrown in at one time, this is unambiguous. From there all their jokes with lasers, railguns and stealth grow.
  9. Cowbra
    Cowbra April 8 2021 09: 26
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    So, the Service of Naval Operations believes that in order to neutralize Chinese missiles, it would be necessary to equip aircraft carriers with combat laser installations of suitable power.

    How much power is considered "appropriate" to shoot down a ballistic missile flying in a hypersonic plasma cloud? Which in China is called the killer of aircraft carriers ... Show me the laser that will melt it, because you don't need to hit the optical homing head there - it's just not there ...
    1. NDR-791
      NDR-791 April 8 2021 10: 10
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      Quote: Cowbra
      What power is considered "appropriate" to shoot down a ballistic missile

      ... rushing through the dense morning fog. In fact, any laser is a "clear sky" weapon. Even the use of laser target illumination.
  10. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 April 8 2021 10: 34
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    the United States proposes to equip aircraft carriers with combat laser weapons
    In dreams it is possible with tranclucators (film "Kin-dza-dza"), but in reality? Correctly the author noticed about Zumwalt, its cost and weapon capabilities.
  11. Jaromir
    Jaromir April 8 2021 16: 09
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    it would be necessary to equip aircraft carriers with combat laser installations of suitable power

    The desires of American warriors are not commensurate with their funding. Let them turn to Hollywood. Any warship will be built and equipped there for them. laughing
  12. Aleksandr97
    Aleksandr97 April 9 2021 11: 22
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    It was already. Boeing YAL-1 program (English Boeing YAL-1 (ABL, AirBorne Laser))
    From 2002 to 2014, 5 billion dollars were invested. The aircraft was scrapped in 2014.
    Considering that at altitude the influence of the atmosphere on the laser beam than at sea level, it was several times less to overcome purely technical problems (overheating, "cost of a shot" taking into account the resistance of the components) could not be solved ...