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    Pentagon invents airborne laser
    From: Reuters
    From correspondents in London

    August 25, 2005


    A US Pentagon invention could make air combat resemble a battle scene from Star Wars, with a laser so small it can fit on a fighter jet, yet powerful enough to knock down an enemy missile in flight.
    The High Energy Laser Area Defence System (HELLADS), being designed by the Pentagon's central research and development agency, will weigh just 750kg and measures the size of a large fridge.

    To date, such lasers have been so bulky because of the need for huge cooling systems to stop them overheating, that they had to be fitted to large aircraft such as jumbo jets, New Scientist magazine reported today.

    But the Pentagon's Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency reckons it has solved the problem by merging liquid and solid state lasers to cut the size and weight by "an order of magnitude", according to its website.

    Liquid lasers can fire a continuous beam but need large cooling systems, while solid state laser beams are more intense but have to be fired in pulses to stop them overheating.

    "We've combined the high energy density of the solid state laser with the thermal management of the liquid laser," New Scientist quoted project manager Don Woodbury as saying.

    Dubbed the "HEL weapon" by its developers, a prototype capable of firing a mild one kilowatt (kW) beam has already been produced and there are plans to build a stronger 15kW version by the end of the year.

    If everything goes according to plan, an even more powerful weapon producing a 150kW beam and capable of knocking down a missile will be ready by 2007 for fitting onto aircraft.

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  • #2
    Is that weapon going to replace the gun or missile?

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    • #3
      It's a supplement to the proposed/existing weapons suites of the JSF and F-22.

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      • #4
        Sweet - C&C zero hour here we come

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        • #5
          Originally posted by M21Sniper
          Pentagon invents airborne laser
          From: Reuters
          From correspondents in London

          August 25, 2005


          A US Pentagon invention could make air combat resemble a battle scene from Star Wars, with a laser so small it can fit on a fighter jet, yet powerful enough to knock down an enemy missile in flight.
          The High Energy Laser Area Defence System (HELLADS), being designed by the Pentagon's central research and development agency, will weigh just 750kg and measures the size of a large fridge.

          To date, such lasers have been so bulky because of the need for huge cooling systems to stop them overheating, that they had to be fitted to large aircraft such as jumbo jets, New Scientist magazine reported today.

          But the Pentagon's Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency reckons it has solved the problem by merging liquid and solid state lasers to cut the size and weight by "an order of magnitude", according to its website.

          Liquid lasers can fire a continuous beam but need large cooling systems, while solid state laser beams are more intense but have to be fired in pulses to stop them overheating.

          "We've combined the high energy density of the solid state laser with the thermal management of the liquid laser," New Scientist quoted project manager Don Woodbury as saying.

          Dubbed the "HEL weapon" by its developers, a prototype capable of firing a mild one kilowatt (kW) beam has already been produced and there are plans to build a stronger 15kW version by the end of the year.

          If everything goes according to plan, an even more powerful weapon producing a 150kW beam and capable of knocking down a missile will be ready by 2007 for fitting onto aircraft.

          Interview panals:-
          I have more faith in French cars and the rhythm method.
          Laser cannon is a reality!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by hello
            Laser cannon is a reality!
            If this is going on a fighter, one wonders the developments (probably classified) for ground based continental air defense, strategic ballistic missile defense or ship defense...

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