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The company Boeing has created a powerful laser that can provide a "laser revolution" in the military

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A new type of laser based on TDL technology (Thin Disk Laser) not only proved its efficiency, but also issued an 30-kW beam, which by 30% exceeded the requirements of the military. Note that to intercept UAVs, projectiles, mortar mines and damage to manpower, even with the current guidance systems, a laser power from 10 kW is sufficient. Thus, a very promising TDL concept has proven the possibility of developing compact high-energy combat lasers with a highly concentrated high-power and super-bright laser beam.


TDL Lab Prototype Delivers 30 kW Power

TDL Lab Prototype Delivers 30 kW Power

The contract to develop a high-power thin-disk laser or TDL was signed between the Pentagon and Boeing in the spring of 2011. Laser on thin disks attracted the military to a number of unique features. So, TDL can generate laser pulses of very high power and of various durations. The size of the laser core is very small: with a diameter of 10 mm for a laser with a power of tens of kilowatts. Moreover, a thin-disk laser has a much higher efficiency (up to 70%) than other types of solid-state lasers. This means that combat TDL will not need bulky liquid cooling systems and power sources of excess power.

Trudisk TDL based industrial laser delivers power up to 16 kW

Trudisk TDL based industrial laser delivers power up to 16 kW

TDL technology is already used for metal cutting and has proven itself well, such lasers are reliable and require a minimum of maintenance. True, military requirements for TDL are much higher, but Boeing experts are confident that they will be able to create a compact, reliable combat laser with a power of about 100 kW. Such a laser can be placed on armored vehicles, helicopters, airplanes, ships. Thanks to TDL, there will be new opportunities to intercept a variety of air targets and defeat manpower and equipment. Instant energy delivery, absolute shooting accuracy and powerful psychological effects make the laser very effective weapons. In addition, the laser is able to hit point targets at a distance of several kilometers with zero or minimal collateral damage.

TDL technology principle

TDL technology principle

The only drawback of laser guns is still the complexity of their operation, associated with size, weight, the need to use liquid cooling systems and powerful sources of power supply. In many ways, a thin-disk laser solves these problems, which may make laser weapons widespread in the armies of developed countries.
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  1. kafa
    kafa 9 October 2013 07: 06
    +1
    now in their missions they will peacefully burn the bad guys smile
    1. Alexander Romanov
      Alexander Romanov 9 October 2013 07: 20
      +4
      Quote: kafa
      now in their missions they will peacefully burn the bad guys

      Not a fact, one Boeing with a laser gun is already in the hangar for eternal storage.
      1. Know-nothing
        Know-nothing 9 October 2013 07: 29
        +2
        The future lies with solid-state lasers, and what the American Air Force Chief said bluntly and honestly:
        The future “coin of the realm” is solid state lasers, Schwartz said, not the chemical laser that Boeing built. ”


        Just at that moment, only the chemical laser gave the required power. It is likely that when the solid state reaches megawatt power, the Boeing will be pulled back from the hangar.
      2. Canep
        Canep 9 October 2013 08: 19
        -2
        A laser for war is applicable only in space, and so far no one is going to fight there.
        1. mirag2
          mirag2 9 October 2013 08: 43
          +5
          Wow! Well, you give a damn! How it wasn’t going to! I’m silent about the fact that the Chinese shot down the target satellite (they are allies so far), but if the war, God forbid, will begin, what should be done first? -Beat enemy satellites- the eyes of the enemy!
          1. Canep
            Canep 9 October 2013 08: 52
            0
            To bring down a satellite, a laser is not needed, you just need to throw a brick (iron, blank ... of your choice) to the satellite’s orbit height so that the satellite collides with it at orbital speed. AND EVERYTHING!
      3. Growler
        9 October 2013 13: 04
        0
        Quote: Alexander Romanov
        Not a fact, one Boeing with a laser gun is already in the hangar for eternal storage.

        Have you read the article? It does not say that the laser will be located precisely in the aircraft.
        Boeing is not only developing aviation technology.
      4. Geisenberg
        Geisenberg 9 October 2013 13: 41
        +1
        Quote: Alexander Romanov
        Quote: kafa
        now in their missions they will peacefully burn the bad guys

        Not a fact, one Boeing with a laser gun is already in the hangar for eternal storage.


        He just doesn’t have goals and he won’t have a campaign, but for this laser he already has ...
    2. T80UM1
      T80UM1 9 October 2013 07: 23
      +7
      Prism-tank))) Who in the subject will understand))
  2. Nayhas
    Nayhas 9 October 2013 07: 11
    +2
    And when will the construction of the Death Star begin?
  3. Sunjar
    Sunjar 9 October 2013 07: 34
    -1
    Maybe I'm wrong, but it seems that some convention has been signed to ban the use of visible-beam lasers for military purposes. And here it’s already super-bright.
    And yes, Boeing has once again, to put it mildly, fooled that they have a laser, all lasers have a laser. What, in fact, has already been written by Alexander Romanov.
  4. saag
    saag 9 October 2013 08: 01
    +1
    Now the response should be a step - the anti-aircraft laser :-)
  5. Odysseus
    Odysseus 9 October 2013 08: 33
    0
    Here are just a military American solid-state lasers we did not have enough.
    It is time to start to poison them with ecologists, human rights activists, accuse them of violating the rights of blacks, Buddhists, gays, women, dogs, and threaten to buy airplanes only from Airbus.
    In an extreme case, it would be nice to just blow this research center to such and such a mother ...
  6. saag
    saag 9 October 2013 08: 36
    +3
    Quote: Odyssey
    blow this research center to such and such a mother.

    Skynet however :-)
  7. chunga-changa
    chunga-changa 9 October 2013 09: 12
    0
    It's time to ban this inhuman weapon. I would like to see how America begins to howl about the exceptional humanism and democracy of laser weapons.
  8. tun1313
    tun1313 9 October 2013 09: 20
    +1
    Quote: kafa
    now in their missions they will peacefully burn the bad guys

    And those who are not burned will burn the retina.
  9. tun1313
    tun1313 9 October 2013 09: 23
    0
    Let’s ours build something similar, if TOS is called Pinocchio, Solntsepek, then it’s even interesting to call this crap.
    1. true love
      true love 9 October 2013 11: 14
      0
      Eternal darkness.
  10. saag
    saag 9 October 2013 09: 26
    0
    Quote: tun1313
    it’s even interesting how they call this crap.

    Pointer:-)
  11. Kowalsky
    Kowalsky 9 October 2013 10: 04
    +5
    Yes ... now in the Navy, probably, the order to kick the deck so that the mirror shone, will no longer be just a metaphor :)
  12. Tektor
    Tektor 9 October 2013 12: 00
    0
    It's a shame to read in the news what you could have done 4-5 years ago, but you didn’t give money ...
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  14. AlexisFJ
    AlexisFJ 9 October 2013 20: 53
    0
    Interestingly, and we are undergoing similar developments?
  15. Andrew-88
    Andrew-88 9 October 2013 21: 00
    +1
    Obama 2016 ...
  16. Kowalsky
    Kowalsky 9 October 2013 22: 35
    +1
    Quote: Andrew-88
    Obama 2016 ...

    A lot of honor. Small Obamych for this :)