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Κυριακή, 24 Μαΐου 2020

US Warship Fries Drone With Powerful New Laser

ΣΧΟΛΙΟ ΙΣΤΟΛΟΓΙΟΥ : Οπότε τώρα το Αμερικανικό Πολεμικό Ναυτικό θα χρειαστεί καινούργια γαμάτα κράνη.!! Εδώ ένα πολύ καλό έγγραφο που καλύπτει πολλούς και διαφορετικούς τύπους λέιζερ που βρίσκονται σε εξέλιξη ή χρησιμοποιούνται για πόλεμο. Πάντως τα drones είναι ελαφριά και αναλώσιμα και είναι πολύ εύκολο να σκοτωθούν με λέιζερ υψηλής ισχύος. Το όλο θέμα όμως είναι να μπορεί κανείς να χρησιμοποιήσει αυτό το λέιζερ για να σκοτώσει γρήγορα και πολλά αεροσκάφη σε ένα σμήνος.!! Τα λέιζερ θα μπορούσαν επίσης να σκοτώσουν σμήνη ταχύπλοων. Αλλά έχουν και ένα μειονέκτημα, μια και μοναδική βολή από ένα HMG είναι αρκετή για να σκοτώσει το λέιζερ.

WASHINGTON: In a first, the USS Portland took down a target drone with a new solid state laser this week, the first step in the Navy’s quest to get the powerful weapon on more ships in the future.
The shot from the San Antonio-class landing platform ship tested out what’s known as the Technology Maturation Laser Weapon System Demonstrator, or LWSD, which has been aboard the ship for several months. The May 16 test, announced by the Pacific Fleet today, is the first public acknowledgement of the system being put to use.
The Northrop Grumman-made LWSD is a high-energy laser weapon initially developed by the Office of Naval Research, and its operational employment marks “the first system-level implementation of a high-energy class solid-state laser,” according to a Pacific Fleet release.

The test comes as the US, in bits and pieces, ramps up operations in the Pacific as a counterweight to China — moves which include new, ambitious B-1 bomber flights close to Russian and Chinese territory.
Just this week, the USS Ronald Reagan and Theodore Roosevelt carriers went back to sea from bases in Japan and Guam, respectively, while the USS Nimitz is getting its air wing up to speed off the coast of Washington state.  
And earlier this month, two Navy ships sailed into the middle of an ongoing dispute between China and a neighbor in the South China Sea — steaming near a shadowing Chinese warship in Washington’s latest effort to show presence in an increasingly contested waterway.  
The Littoral Combat Ship USS Montgomery and supply ship USNS Cesar Chavez sailed close to a Malaysian drillship, the West Capella, warning off Chinese warships who spent weeks harassing the commercial vessel in international waters illegally claimed by Beijing. Since the passthrough, both the Chinese and Malasyian ships have moved away from one another.

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