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US Air Force decided to equip sixth generation fighter jets with laser guns

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US Air Force decided to equip sixth generation fighter jets with laser gunsThe US Air Force Research Laboratory has announced the receipt of applications from private companies for the supply of impact lasers to equip a sixth-generation multipurpose fighter capable of destroying enemy air and ground targets.


Air Force officials said the department was interested in developing low-power laser technology to interfere with enemy radars, medium-power lasers to destroy anti-aircraft missiles, and high-power lasers to strike air or ground targets.

US military experts would like to see that by October 2014, the main components of weapons could already be tested in the laboratory, and by the 2022 year - in conditions close to real ones.

The US Department of Defense has long been studying the possibility of using lasers as combat weapon systems, reminds ITAR-TASS.

The program of creating a laser cannon for warships is continuing, and it is expected that in 2014 for the first time it will be installed and demonstrated on board a large amphibious assault ship Ponce converted into a floating base of a US Navy special forces.

As stated by US Navy spokesman Vice Admiral Matthew Klunder, the cost of a prototype of such weaponscapable of striking, in particular, unmanned aerial vehicles, will amount to just over 30 million dollars. In this case, the laser shot itself is estimated at only 1 dollar.

“Compare this with the hundreds of thousands of dollars that a rocket launch costs, and you will understand the merits of this project,” said Klunder.

At one time, the Pentagon ABM Agency was actively working on the creation of laser weapons. It studied the possibility of installing a high-energy laser with chemical pumping on the nose of a modified Boeing-747 aircraft to destroy ballistic missiles at the initial stage of flight.

The program, which was spent millions of dollars, existed for several years, but in the end this idea was abandoned, recognizing it as ineffective.

Fighters of the sixth generation are now developing the company Boeing and Lockheed Martin. In the 2030s, they are expected to replace the F-22 Raptor aircraft in service with the US Air Force and the F (A-18E) F Super Hornet carrier-based fighter aircraft.
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  1. Alexander Romanov
    Alexander Romanov 26 November 2013 11: 22
    14
    The price of a fighter, taking into account the cost of F 35, somewhere 100 000 000 000 000 apiece. I feel the printing press burns in figs from loads laughing
    1. nik6006
      nik6006 26 November 2013 11: 29
      +4
      Well then, the US Federal Reserve will announce the acceptance of applications from private companies for the supply of green laser toner printers for wrapping candy wrappers
    2. The comment was deleted.
    3. abrakadabre
      abrakadabre 26 November 2013 11: 52
      +3
      I feel the printing press burns on figs from loads of laughing
      This problem was solved in the Weimar Republic. You just need to draw more zeroes on the bill. Such prospects will immediately open for saving paper and ink. And the number of millionaires and billionaires will grow exponentially almost daily. It will be possible to speak from the rostrum about statistics about this. And do not even lie.
      laughing
      1. Bersaglieri
        Bersaglieri 26 November 2013 19: 09
        +3
        Zimbabwe is beyond competition. A bill of 100 trillion is power! :)
        1. abrakadabre
          abrakadabre 27 November 2013 11: 24
          +1
          You can even come up with a joke about this. Like, there is a Papuan from Zimbabwe and ... well, for example, Donald Trump ... And when the Papuan finds out that Trump is just a billionaire ...
          one and the same
          laughing
  2. dimon-media
    dimon-media 26 November 2013 11: 27
    +3
    The program, which was spent millions of dollars, existed for several years, but in the end this idea was abandoned, recognizing it as ineffective.
    - More than sure, the same project awaits the same fate. First sawed loot. A laser of similar power consumes an incredible amount of electricity. Just look at the production lasers for metal cutting and pay attention to what and how they are powered by electricity. These are all bluffs and show-offs.
    1. Edward72
      Edward72 26 November 2013 12: 14
      +1
      I represent one 47 generation aircraft and on a leash with a dozen power plant masloot
      1. abrakadabre
        abrakadabre 26 November 2013 12: 20
        +2
        I represent one 47 generation aircraft and on a leash with a dozen power plant masloot
        It, the 47th generation, is when the entire planet will be turned into one large fighter with a pair of giant bunches at the poles. And they will drive around the Galaxy. Even the Death Star is only 41st generation.
        1. Bersaglieri
          Bersaglieri 26 November 2013 19: 10
          +2
          She ... the planet is the 45th. A47-e - the entire Solar System (in the Dyson sphere) :)
  3. avant-garde
    avant-garde 26 November 2013 11: 28
    +3
    Expected, that in the 2030s years they will replace the F-22 Raptor
    ________
    damn, I’m sorry I won’t look, probably these star wars
  4. Grandson of Veteran
    Grandson of Veteran 26 November 2013 11: 28
    +5
    Either the Chinese are going to shoot at satellites from a super gun, or the Americans with their lasers ... "Startreck" of some sort. laughing
  5. saturn.mmm
    saturn.mmm 26 November 2013 11: 29
    +2

    According to the official representative of the U.S. Navy, Vice Admiral Matthew Clunder, the cost of a prototype of such a weapon capable of hitting, in particular, unmanned aerial vehicles, will amount to a little more than 30 million dollars. In this case, the laser shot itself is estimated at only 1 dollar.

    Once again I am convinced that the basis of literature in America is comics.
  6. ed65b
    ed65b 26 November 2013 11: 33
    +3
    And the pilots will be given a Jedi sword. We’ll install everything, even though the engineer Garbin’s hyperboloid;
  7. denson06
    denson06 26 November 2013 11: 35
    +4
    Quote: Alexander Romanov (1)
    The price of a fighter, taking into account the cost of F 35, somewhere 100 000 000 000 000 apiece. I feel the printing press burns in figs from loads

    It is necessary to stop the supply of wood to this bastard state .. laughing they stupidly translate it into unsecured green papers .. too expensive confetti ..
    1. Bersaglieri
      Bersaglieri 26 November 2013 19: 11
      +1
      Think archaically.
      Working capital - only numbers in the database, not cubic meters of printed products :)
    2. Averias
      Averias 27 November 2013 07: 04
      +1
      Let me correct you, dollars are not made from wood, this is a kind of fabric (they used hemp before, now I don’t know). Why do you think they are in Afghanistan? There, in addition to poppy, hemp shoot yourself laughing
  8. abrakadabre
    abrakadabre 26 November 2013 11: 42
    10
    Well, let's see.
    If the Boeing-747, as a carrier, was not large enough for a combat laser of sufficient power. Or, which is mono-peninsular, a combat laser complete with "batteries" of sufficient power turned out to be insufficiently miniaturized and effective for placement on a Boeing-747. That is undoubtedly the F-35 or F-22 will cope with this. Moreover, by 2014. Other fighters of the 6th generation in the United States have not yet been observed in the near historical perspective.
    wink
    So I see: there is a huge dome of the nuclear power plant, on top of which a huge emitter is mounted, on which, in turn, from above, like a hood figure on a Rolls-Royce, F-22 or 35th is planted. The lower power of the installation does not guarantee the defeat of targets at an acceptable range in adverse weather conditions. It remains only to teach the whole structure to fly with the agility and maneuverability of a fighter.

    Fighters of the sixth generation are now developing the company Boeing and Lockheed Martin. In the 2030s, they are expected to replace the F-22 Raptor aircraft in service with the US Air Force and the F (A-18E) F Super Hornet carrier-based fighter aircraft.
    How so? F-22 and especially F-35 is already the 6th generation. To replace them, they need to develop the 7th.
    1. abrakadabre
      abrakadabre 26 November 2013 12: 22
      +1
      Ohhhh !!! I was awarded two minuses for a completely neutral comment! So hit the point.
      1. Gato
        Gato 26 November 2013 13: 39
        +3
        Quote: abrakadabre
        Ohhhh !!! I was awarded two minuses for a completely neutral comment!

        This Jedi is offended by you laughing
        It remains only to teach the whole structure to fly with the agility and maneuverability of a fighter.
        laughing good
        Reminded a joke:
        "Stewardess: Dear passengers! On board our aircraft there are two bars, a restaurant, a massage parlor, a swimming pool, tennis courts ... and everything to make your flight as pleasant as possible!"
        .. And now with all this x ... th we will try to take off "
    2. IGS
      IGS 26 November 2013 18: 29
      0
      I did not award, but f-22 and f-35 aircraft of the 5th generation. Hence the cons, because humor on this topic from ... a person very distant from this topic, to put it mildly, is not perceived, like his judgments. hi
      1. abrakadabre
        abrakadabre 27 November 2013 12: 10
        +1
        Come on. Well, he made a fuss about generations. But never more than the statement itself in the article on the fighter laser on a specified time. Moreover, to use the first samples as early as next year.
        There is a little more than a month left. Or did I mess up calendars?
    3. Altona
      Altona 26 November 2013 18: 35
      +2
      At the 5th generation, the titanium already "bends". and there the speeds are still quite toy ... Mach 1,5-2,3 ... And what then will they use on the 6th? Chubais "nanotubes" what kind of thread? laughing What "skin" will cover this business so that it does not get warm? How much fuel will this "cattle" eat? Some questions ... And then, if something like that happens to send it, it will be unprofitable, like Tirpitz or F-22 ...)) I'm joking, of course ... They will create again, don't understand why ... Expensive and impractical ...
    4. Bober
      Bober 26 November 2013 18: 47
      +2
      Where is the railgun? Without him, I no longer accept articles.
      And the vice admiral with one dollar reminded him of the Hot Head.
      I went to the lunopark with my grandson on the weekend. Messed up everything in my head. Like a Clown Der.
  9. makarov
    makarov 26 November 2013 11: 46
    0
    "decide", "want" and "have" are completely different things. At least another 10 years, according to analysts' forecasts, there will be no real replacement of gunpowder.
  10. Volodya Sibiryak
    Volodya Sibiryak 26 November 2013 11: 46
    +1
    Looks like they have their own dreamers in the military-industrial complex - Rogozins, after the lasers they will probably take up the construction of the "Death Star".
    1. Andrey Yuryevich
      Andrey Yuryevich 26 November 2013 11: 52
      +5
      You can mock as much as you like, and their drones are already working on targets ... and they are stubbornly moving forward with laser weapons ... so work is necessary, WORK!
      1. servant.
        servant. 26 November 2013 12: 38
        0
        I would like that we would have conducted such work ... Maybe it is classified? Maybe how the guys will give out 6 ++++++ right away so that the amers jaws will drop !!! And they will be chasing after our T - how does something like in due time for the MiG-25? Dreams ....
  11. Chicot 1
    Chicot 1 26 November 2013 11: 52
    +2
    Did not have time to bring to mind the so-called. "fifth generation", and they are already ringing about some next generation there ...

    "F-two-two" ... Account opened ...
  12. Thirsty for wind
    Thirsty for wind 26 November 2013 12: 11
    +5
    Strange, but I thought they would install ion-plasma annihilators of subspace nutrition.
    And they hang some kind of pukalki. Hochmochi.
    1. dimon-media
      dimon-media 26 November 2013 12: 41
      +4
      Let the transformer be installed laughing (Ocelop weapon on the planet Pluk) laughing
      1. Lord of the Sith
        Lord of the Sith 26 November 2013 13: 42
        +2
        I will tell everyone what this tag of the pancreas has brought to the planet!

  13. AlexxxNik
    AlexxxNik 26 November 2013 12: 22
    +4
    once they played in the Master of Orion-2, so there wasn’t a cannon in the plasma there was a cannon, and there wasn’t a laser at all, it seems that the Americans will come to their senses and give preference to plasma. successes to them with the sixth, and erase the fifth from memory as an expensive joke
    1. Gato
      Gato 26 November 2013 13: 51
      +1
      Quote: AlexxxNik
      in the Master of Orion-2, so there wasn’t a worse plasma than the Canon gun

      Oh, reminded of youth! In MOO2, by the way, the most killer BFG was not plasma, but Stellar Converter
      1. AlexxxNik
        AlexxxNik 27 November 2013 09: 24
        0
        not, the stellar weighed a lot, but the plasma is light and powerful, it was even boring to conduct politics with her, right into the fray
  14. Nayhas
    Nayhas 26 November 2013 12: 53
    +1
    You can endlessly laugh and shout about "cutting" (it is strange to hear this, of course, from residents of a country where this procedure is already practically legalized, probably looking for a similar one from a neighbor calms the nerves), but if you do not try to do the impossible, then you will not do it 100%.
    1. Bradley
      Bradley 26 November 2013 14: 43
      0
      And this is the norm already.) We think that Americans are sawing on such a scale ...
      But in reality ...
      American cut: Curiosity.
      Russian cut: Phobos-Grunt.
      Yes, Americans are sawing godlessly. laughing
      1. shuhartred
        shuhartred 26 November 2013 20: 58
        +1
        Yes, they are sawing. Do not hesitate.
        here and from mars something for a long time no news laughing But seriously, the interplanetary station is one thing, and a combat laser is another. For failure in the interplanetary project, they will ask in all severity, and under laser-chazarov you can write off as much dough and then cover it up slowly, it did not work, they say. And if it works out then no one will take it. Winners are not judged.
    2. shuhartred
      shuhartred 26 November 2013 20: 49
      0
      And he saw cut everywhere and was not invented by us. As soon as at least some kind of military-industrial complex appeared, the budget sawers immediately drew up. Although in general I agree. I do not remember who owns the phrase "How can you say that this is impossible, if you have not even tried to do something?"
    3. IGS
      IGS 27 November 2013 10: 27
      +3
      I agree about the nerves, I read about the road near Odintsovo, 18 km long and costing ... only 25 billion rubles, I think that this is the most expensive road not only in Russia but also in the world ... the aircraft carrier was rolled into asphalt. Here even I could not resist ... and when Medvedev also came to the opening ... And the Americans in many ways pulled ahead. If in space we still hold the lead in terms of engines, then in everything else, alas. One "Hubble" was worth what, this is a milestone in science (you can start minus smile ), although there at first, as we had, the thread was screwed on the contrary, and then the shuttles were sent to twist. And with Mars they escaped very far. Annoyingly. No need to yell that it was a cut, they achieved a lot with this cut, and they went ahead in space if our sawed like that ... we shouldn’t belittle their development. So for starters we really need to plow, just so that we won’t be left behind anymore. , and then it can slowly get out, and it’s silly to engage in hatred. Now we have not enough personnel, the same machinists, it is necessary to make these professions attractive. And in the design business, try to introduce succession while the old cadres are still alive, and the young ones will bring development tools with them. I was very pleased that the T-50 was made completely in digital. Although this is not greedy allocated money. And then, as with the AN-70, at least a year is needed, so that only the documentation is translated into numbers. In a sense, we have a chance, everything is destroyed, and we need to build everything right, not restore the old fleet of the same machines, but buy new (not greedy) the most advanced today, then we have a chance to repeat the Japanese technological breakthrough after the Second World War, they were not pulled down by old equipment and technologies, they were destroyed. And for us (and the USA too), the equipment exported from Germany became a Trojan horse, which was a pity to abandon, but which pulled down its parameters.
  15. Ustian
    Ustian 26 November 2013 14: 15
    +1
    I advise you to read at least out of curiosity! Military reform as an integral part of the security concept of the Russian Federation. SECTION FOUR.
    PERSPECTIVE MILITARY TECHNOLOGIES AND WARS OF THE FUTURE ... (http://www.dynacon.ru/content/articles/995/#v5)
    War has always been the engine .... essa. sad
  16. kafa
    kafa 26 November 2013 14: 36
    +1
    I remember I was young and stupid laughing and the physics teacher asked a question
    if the rocket body is mirror polished ...........
    the mirror reflects more than 90%
    1. tchoni
      tchoni 26 November 2013 15: 33
      +1
      When fully reflected, the pulse doubles.
  17. Kowalsky
    Kowalsky 26 November 2013 14: 55
    +2
    And the seventh hyperdrive ...
  18. MAKCs
    MAKCs 26 November 2013 15: 26
    0
    In the subject of lasers

    http://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%A1%D0%B6%D0%B0%D1%82%D0%B8%D0%B5_(%D0%BB%D0%B0%

    D0%B7%D0%B5%D1%80%D0%BD%D1%8B%D0%B9_%D0%BA%D0%BE%D0%BC%D0%BF%D0%BB%D0%B5%D0%BA%D

    1% 81)
  19. tchoni
    tchoni 26 November 2013 16: 09
    +2
    The jamb of using a laser as a weapon lies in the composition and heterogeneity of the atmosphere of the earth. Due to refraction, after a kilometer, the front of the coherent wave becomes incoherent. This results in substantial power losses. In addition, atmospheric phenomena in the form of fog, precipitation, smoke - also very much reduce the efficiency of the laser. Therefore, to use a coherent beam as a weapon in the atmosphere, it is necessary either to use huge powers (as was assumed in the case of a Boeing loaded as much as 2 shots) then large radius of action is achieved, a short beam focusing time, etc. The obstacle here is not only the energy required to pump weapons, but also the pump itself, i.e. prevention of premature laser discharge. [media = http: //my.mail.ru/video/list/serzh_pl/_myvideo/934.html#video=/lis
    t / serzh_pl / _myvideo / 934]
    Or, when using small powers, reducing the distance of action, increasing the time of focusing (holding) the beam on the target and reducing the effectiveness of this weapon as such. This leads to the loss of the main advantage of laser weapons as such - the straightforwardness of their guidance. (Due to the short distance of use of firearms the same can be induced almost rectilinearly or with minor adjustments.
    Therefore, the demonstration of the American laser gun was carried out on a slow and easily vulnerable UAV. Something more serious of the existing laser guns to shoot down is unrealistic.
    1. abrakadabre
      abrakadabre 27 November 2013 12: 15
      +1
      Not 100% true. They learned to shoot down artillery shells. But only in conditions idealized even for the landfill.
  20. Rattenfanger
    Rattenfanger 26 November 2013 16: 23
    0
    As stated by the official representative of the US Navy, Vice Admiral Matthew Clunder

    Nobody knows the address of this naive prairie child? I’d send him a physics textbook, let him catch depression.
  21. mvg
    mvg 26 November 2013 19: 11
    +2
    where so much sarcasm comes from? theirs f-22 flew in 96, our t-50 at 11 and then empty as a drum. and not the fact that they are comparable. and by the way, their 747 laser shot down targets. if the bourgeoisie set the task, then they seek
    1. servant.
      servant. 26 November 2013 20: 03
      +2
      Unfortunately you are right, but the minuses you are now poking at the most ...
      I do not know what should happen in the country so that we at least get closer to the amers ...
      Well, if only Stalin would rise again ...
  22. alone
    alone 26 November 2013 20: 16
    +1
    What’s what, and development continues, and at a rather slow pace. And the main thing is that they don’t spare money on this !! This fact makes us think.
  23. rrrd
    rrrd 26 November 2013 20: 22
    +2
    it’s too early to think about the 6th generation. there are no such technologies yet ! it should be significantly different from today's aircraft manufacturing. I see something futuristic, something inexplicable, it is as if I was stuck with a phone with a touch screen in '95!
  24. APASUS
    APASUS 26 November 2013 21: 25
    +1
    As stated by the official representative of the U.S. Navy, Vice Admiral Matthew Klunder, the cost of a prototype of such weapons, capable of hitting, in particular, unmanned aerial vehicles, will amount to just over $ 30 million. In this case, the laser shot itself is estimated at only 1 dollar

    Something is not visible in the arsenal of the US Army of cheap weapons .................... where did the toe get lost?