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US first installed on a warship laser gun

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US first installed on a warship laser gun

In the summer of 2014, the US Navy plans to produce the world's first equipment of a warship with a laser gun, reports AP.


The prototype of this futuristic weapons will be placed on board a large landing ship "Ponce", converted into a special forces floating base, reports RIA "News».

It is planned that the beam of the naval combat laser will be applied at a distance of up to 1,7 km against the so-called asymmetric threats. These include unmanned aerial vehicles and high-speed motorboats. Ponce serves in the Persian Gulf, where there is a problem of piracy.

Over the past six years, the development of a prototype shipborne laser of the US Navy has spent about 40 million dollars. The cost of a single laser shot is estimated at only a few dollars, while launching an interceptor missile costs about 1 million dollars. In addition, the laser has a virtually unlimited supply of shots.

“This technology is fundamentally changing the way we fight,” says Captain Mike Ziv, who leads the Navy in the development of directed energy weapons systems. According to him, a laser beam that can literally burn a target is completely invisible to humans. Only one sailor can control the installation. It is expected that the laser tests will take place within a year, after which the issue of serial production and acceptance of new items will be considered.

In addition to the laser, the US Navy is also exploring the possibility of using a railgun - a powerful electromagnetic rail gun, which with the help of energy accelerates a conductive projectile along two metal guides. During the Navy tests carried out, the projectile was accelerated to a speed seven times the speed of sound. It is planned that the serial model of this gun will have a range of 180 km, and in the future - 400 km.

In the next two years, the Navy want to test the railgun on the water. So far, none of the American ships can generate the amount of electricity needed for this gun, but now the USA is building new type of destroyers, the Zamvolt, which this task will be able to do.
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  1. mountain
    mountain 18 February 2014 10: 30
    +1
    It seems that they found the cable of the desired length and cross section.
  2. Landwarrior
    Landwarrior 18 February 2014 10: 37
    +1
    And why doesn’t anyone write that in America they learned to repeal the laws of physics? This is such a breakthrough in science! laughing
    1. saber1357
      saber1357 18 February 2014 22: 05
      -1
      And instead of "railgun", the affator had to write "scam". The slogan "America is the land of scams", believe me, is no worse than "India is the homeland of elephants" ...
      1. The comment was deleted.
      2. Landwarrior
        Landwarrior 19 February 2014 10: 09
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        I’m talking about the rail, I didn’t say anything, but the laser users already got it.
  3. Finik
    Finik 18 February 2014 10: 50
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    We send saboteurs to cut the cable
  4. spech
    spech 18 February 2014 10: 51
    +2
    up to 1,7 km against the so-called asymmetric threats

    don’t say, but DShK at such distances is better tongue
    1. AVV
      AVV 18 February 2014 21: 00
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      Quote: spech
      up to 1,7 km against the so-called asymmetric threats

      don’t say, but DShK at such distances is better tongue

      GSh 630 firing range up to 4000 m rate of fire 5000 rounds per minute !!! so that America with its installation does barbecue will be fried on a nearby escort ship !!! 1,7 km, this is for chickens to laugh, a hypersonic missile is less than that distance seconds flies ACS does not even have time to react, so let them first show in action, and then we will discuss !!!
  5. Evgeny_Lev
    Evgeny_Lev 18 February 2014 10: 54
    +1
    I still don’t understand, but where will the operator-judge sit?
  6. Ivan Petrovich
    Ivan Petrovich 18 February 2014 11: 04
    +1
    surely someone will be burned of course. exemplary so to speak. it’s necessary to justify somehow so many grandmas banged
  7. Yves762
    Yves762 18 February 2014 11: 11
    +3
    will be used at a distance of up to 1,7 km against the so-called asymmetric threats. These include, inter alia, unmanned aerial vehicles and high-speed motor boats.
    - Against the background of the American, our saw cutters and haulers are just cute pranks ....
    1. Sid.74
      Sid.74 18 February 2014 14: 13
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      It is planned that the beam of the naval combat laser will be applied at a distance of up to 1,7 km against the so-called asymmetric threats. These include unmanned aerial vehicles and high-speed motorboats. Ponce serves in the Persian Gulf, where there is a problem of piracy.

      Amerikosy will hunt alone standing pirates in rowing ships in extremely dark colors and in good, windless clear weather!
      1.7 kilometer nafiga? And unmanned spies will never hide in stratum clouds!
      Not so long ago, an article on the VO was about the use of combat lasers and development prospects, where the Americans themselves said that the thing is capricious and extremely expensive to maintain and manufacture!
      Like mice from a joke inject and cry but still continue to eat the cactus laughing
      1. clidon
        clidon 18 February 2014 20: 13
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        Mice simply understand that when they finish eating a cactus (either by power, or by pumping, or by preliminary "breakdown" of the channel, etc.), they will receive a technical breakthrough of considerable magnitude.
  8. HAM
    HAM 18 February 2014 11: 23
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    Quote: "A laser beam capable of literally burning a target is completely invisible to humans."


    Like a pin .... I myself like to kill from around the corner, and, lying from the couch (drones) and, at the same time, say: "but we have nothing to do with it !!" And where they take energy, they will use nuclear pumping or they will drag the cable ?
    1. clidon
      clidon 18 February 2014 20: 14
      +1
      Everyone who has the opportunity likes this. I like to bomb from a great height, I like to sit behind thick armor, I like to shoot in bursts, and not to swing a saber.
    2. And Us Rat
      And Us Rat 19 February 2014 06: 29
      -1
      Quote: HAM
      Like a pin .... I like to kill myself from around the corner, and lying on the couch (drones)

      Well, of course, it is better to just throw more people into a frontal attack ... preferably in hand-to-hand combat ... on tanks, so that there are more "heroes posthumously" - this will be the highest manifestation of valor, which you can then be proud of. Have I stated your position correctly? request
      1. HAM
        HAM 19 February 2014 08: 56
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        No, people just want global control on the sly, REMAINING "Nothing to do with".
        1. And Us Rat
          And Us Rat 19 February 2014 16: 39
          -1
          Quote: HAM
          No, people just want global control on the sly, REMAINING "Nothing to do with".

          This is what ALL large countries want, both the PRC and Russia are no exception, they just have fewer opportunities, if JSA and Russia today swap places in opportunities and finances, then NOTHING will change in the world order. ABSOLUTELY! So there is no need for hypocritical ideological clichés like "our cause is right." negative
  9. Andrey Yuryevich
    Andrey Yuryevich 18 February 2014 11: 27
    +3
    probably for the effectiveness of the application, now the weather installation on the ship will be placed to eliminate moisture, fog, excitement. and other interference ...
  10. Burmistr
    Burmistr 18 February 2014 11: 30
    0
    Anyone write about our success in laser weapons?
    1. Andrey Yuryevich
      Andrey Yuryevich 18 February 2014 13: 16
      +1
      I agree with Burmistr ... tell at least how our armed boats went on the Amur River with laser ... otherwise many people don’t know!
    2. Landwarrior
      Landwarrior 18 February 2014 13: 51
      0
      Well, for example:
      A concrete idea of ​​the real possibilities of lasers can be given by the experience of the practical use of the MLTK-50 mobile technological installation, created on the basis of military developments of the 80s. This is a gas CO2 laser pumped by an electric discharge, operates in a pulse-frequency mode, the energy of a single pulse is 0,5 KJ, and the maximum output power is 50 kW. In energy, it is slightly inferior to the German infantry machine gun MG-42. The installation occupies two automobile trailers with a total equipment weight of 48 tons. However, these dimensions and weight do not include the most important thing - an external power source with a capacity of 750 kW. In July 2011, the complex was used to eliminate a fire in a gas well, when it was necessary to remotely cut metal structures that interfered with emergency operations. They successfully cut everything at a distance of 50–70 meters with a focused beam for an absolutely motionless target, spending only 30 hours of the total laser work on it (the whole operation took six days).

      Source:
      http://topwar.ru/38405-himera-lazernyh-mirazhey.html


      Well, if you are not lazy, google 1d17 "Compression". True, this is still Soviet developments.
  11. ZSP
    ZSP 18 February 2014 11: 43
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    "The US Navy spent about $ 40 million on the development of a prototype ship laser." + "Now the US is building destroyers of the latest type" Zamvolt ", which will be able to do this task." + "Ponce is on duty in the Persian Gulf where piracy is a problem."
    How many problems from these pirates in "their Persian Gulf"
    And most importantly, they explained how ....
    But most importantly, the cost of one laser shot is estimated only a few dollars!!!

    Money to see run out, did not fool before ....
  12. Atlas
    Atlas 18 February 2014 12: 40
    +1
    If you do not take into account the source of energy of the required power, then for me the railgun will be more interesting. At least the weather does not interfere ...
    1. wolfhunter2035
      wolfhunter2035 18 February 2014 13: 06
      0
      railgun? Is it such a gun that accelerates ammunition with the help of an electromagnetic field?
    2. Ivan.
      Ivan. 18 February 2014 15: 57
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      Quote: Atlas
      If you do not take into account the source of energy of the required power, then for me the railgun will be more interesting. At least the weather does not interfere ...

      It is certainly more interesting, but only he can easily miss, his rate of fire is not known (hardly high) and the main thing, unlike the lazar, he has only one use-shooting. A combat laser must be able to "shoot" in different modes and effectively burn the enemy's optics and eyes. On our ships, railguns with their high impact power at a decent distance will not interfere, but lasers, burning the optics of enemy equipment and ammunition, which more and more tend to be "unmanned", thereby nullifying their hopes of an unpunished attack and unnecessary faith in your technique.
      1. Fedya
        Fedya 18 February 2014 22: 06
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        Doesn’t it give me peace of mind, does the laser hit within the line of sight? And if the goal is beyond the horizon?
        1. clidon
          clidon 18 February 2014 22: 08
          0
          Then another weapon will shoot at him.
  13. SlavaS
    SlavaS 18 February 2014 13: 33
    0
    and barbecue can be fried on it
  14. Finik
    Finik 18 February 2014 13: 58
    -1
    Imagine now and icebreakers are not needed)
  15. stayer
    stayer 18 February 2014 14: 01
    0
    In vain jiving. The future is with lasers. Unlimited ammo is cool. And the price of a shot is 10 kopecks. The problem with energy supply so far. But over time, they’ll come up with something. And it's not about American (Russian) scientists. Once a nuclear bomb could not fit in the bomb bay of an airplane and missiles did not really fly. It will be ... years, it is quite possible that the infantry will also have laser rifles.
    1. fennekRUS
      fennekRUS 18 February 2014 14: 12
      +2
      up to 1,7 km, any rate gunner will cope with a similar task. without additional supply of energy. Plus, a smoked piece of lead is not affected by smoke or water suspension or an accident in the ship's power system. A 20-30 mm caliber gun is always ready to fire, cheap and well-developed. The lion's share of the cost will be the radar and guidance system. So the laser also needs it.
      about unlimited ammunition in the output part of the emitter, taking into account the power of the shot, I think the dust will burn out like an avalanche-enhancing scattering, and reducing the power of the shot. means frequent maintenance?
      1. stayer
        stayer 18 February 2014 14: 24
        +2
        The first samples will definitely suffer from childhood diseases. Moreover, if they are not overcome at some stage, they will be completely abandoned.
        If it is possible to solve the problem of energy supply, then neither smoke, nor fog and water suspension, nor the specularity of the target is a hindrance. Although many people think that the laser beam is like in the movie about the engineer hyperboloid Garin. All of these reasons do not care for him absolutely. It's all about power. Why do I say that? Just for work, I often encounter laser cutting. The beam is absolutely invisible, cuts 60 mm steel (there are more powerful ones). Cut thickness 0.1mm (like human hair). Moreover, smoke and specularity of the sheet does not affect the quality of cutting.
        So the emergence of combat lasers is a matter of time.
        There is, of course, a minus that cannot be (and never) removed, the beam cannot bend beyond the horizon. Those. overseas goals will not be available to him. At sea, the horizon is about 30 km. But as a means of air defense, it will be just super. Rather, ours would be pulled in on this issue.
        1. fennekRUS
          fennekRUS 18 February 2014 14: 42
          +3
          cuts 60 mm steel - do not forget about the distance at which this process takes place, in this case focus more than compensates for the negative factors of the optical range. To defeat remote targets, an almost parallel beam is required. Here glitches with energy density per unit area begin.
          1. stayer
            stayer 18 February 2014 14: 50
            +2
            I do not argue. That's why he is an industrial laser, and not a combat one. There are enough problems.

            But the essence of the article is that our potential adversary is already experimenting with existing models. Not to be outdone.

            Besides all the problems, these are the problems of today. What will happen in 50-100 years, we still can not say. At the beginning of the 20th century, they also already knew about the principles of nuclear energy and nuclear fission. But after 50 years, it became a formidable weapon.
            1. fennekRUS
              fennekRUS 18 February 2014 15: 30
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              I agree with you, even if it is not useful in the army, there will always be another application. But alas, they are in no hurry to restore the research base. So "to keep up", alas, is an overripe problem. And 50 years later ... it's scary to guess.
              Perhaps by the way they will finally learn how to refract, or reflect the x-ray and gamma ranges. And a new competition of sword and shield will rush.
            2. spech
              spech 20 February 2014 21: 09
              +1
              But the essence of the article is that our potential adversary is already experimenting with existing models. Not to be outdone.

              maybe you don’t have to go on a rake?
              SOI have already forgotten?
        2. 1c-inform-city
          1c-inform-city 18 February 2014 18: 04
          +1
          You forgot the main minus, the divergence of the beam. At a distance of 50 km you are not only steel, you will cut plywood for half an hour at the same power. In addition, when the power is increased to a certain threshold, the optics begin to burn out. That is why the laser program in the USSR was closed and Basov himself drew the line. (Inventor of the laser)
      2. spech
        spech 18 February 2014 15: 53
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        on the output part of the emitter, given the power of the shot, I believe the dust will burn up like an avalanche-enhancing scattering

        and heat dissipation at the output part is also not very good.
        1. fennekRUS
          fennekRUS 19 February 2014 14: 53
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          but inevitably, agree? from pollution do not escape in any case.
    2. Landwarrior
      Landwarrior 18 February 2014 14: 31
      +2
      Of all the problems that exist with lasers, energy supply is not the most important.
    3. 787nkx
      787nkx 18 February 2014 16: 02
      0
      While this is a powerful spotlight no more.
  16. schizophrenic
    schizophrenic 18 February 2014 14: 32
    +1
    Quote: SlavaS
    and barbecue can be fried on it

    You can, if you carefully and mostly optics, and fry the boat for 10 minutes, the crew will jump out bully
  17. Leshka
    Leshka 18 February 2014 17: 11
    0
    why ours doesn’t do such a thing for these weapons
    1. Aleksey_K
      Aleksey_K 18 February 2014 22: 02
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      Do you think that the Ministry of Defense should openly tell what is being designed in military laboratories and institutes? Then spies are not needed.
    2. fennekRUS
      fennekRUS 21 February 2014 10: 09
      0
      why ours doesn’t do such a thing for these types of weapons have a great future, justify reasonably, please. phrase-seen in the movie, a cool gun is not an argument.
  18. Eugene 1475
    Eugene 1475 18 February 2014 18: 01
    0
    Something I did not understand that we were laughing. This is all against us !!!
  19. 1c-inform-city
    1c-inform-city 18 February 2014 18: 08
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    The laser was installed on the ship back in the USSR. The Americans do not offer anything new, they simply master the money. This can be called another series of "Jedi in the Ocean".
    1. clidon
      clidon 18 February 2014 20: 15
      0
      The Wright brothers launched the plane, however, they are doing everything new and doing investing more and more money, although no one has come up with anything fundamentally new. So the materials have changed, the engines ...
  20. Aleksey_K
    Aleksey_K 18 February 2014 22: 09
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    Almost all readers are very similar to our Soviet false scientists, who declared cybernetics a corrupt girl of capitalism and false science. That is why the United States in cybernetics and other areas ARE FORWARD! Maybe that's why we don’t even have a prototype of a combat laser. Let you steer - you will ruin everything.
  21. Rurikovich
    Rurikovich 18 February 2014 22: 57
    +2
    Damn, guys are cutting the budget! Nothing, Somali boys will take a short physics course for the 5th grade (section "Optics") and in the near future they will acquire an asymmetric weapon called a "mirror shield" bully , and they will wet the adversaries with their own weapons drinks
    And in response to electromagnetic guns, they hang the sides of their "battleships" with super-impenetrable elastic rubber and the projectile, reflected at an angle equal to the angle of fall, will rush off to sink the adversaries soldier
    Long live the physics book, forgotten on a bench under a palm tree, the son of a Soviet attache 30 years ago! drinks wassat
    1. fennekRUS
      fennekRUS 19 February 2014 14: 59
      +1
      Thank you, had fun) not literally ... but you're still right) it’s worth reading the textbook good
      And then the people are freaking out, how much is losing in vain, and is not even trying to substantiate their opinion. Some slogans, but shouts. But to read articles and monographs of researchers, preferably with articles of opponents, and a notebook in hands, lazily. Throat tear and maidan easier ...
  22. RND
    RND 18 February 2014 23: 06
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    It is planned that the beam of the marine combat laser will be used at a distance of up to 1,7 km against the so-called asymmetric threats. These include, inter alia, unmanned aerial vehicles and high-speed motor boats.
    That is, against crows and natives on pies?

    Striped in their repertoire, lovers of loot "master" not effectively, but effectively.
    Z.Y. Recently I watched on some channel how the evon admirals take kickbacks. It turns out not to be banknotes, it is trite to see, but to whores and parties. Effectively, b ... gee ...
  23. schizophrenic
    schizophrenic 18 February 2014 23: 52
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    The very weapon for the Marines, when the authorities arrive, 10 minutes the kebab is ready. Ours certainly would have done. good