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June 3, 2019

Frikkin’ laser beams

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 8:37 am
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Interesting story.  I am doubtful that they can get these on fighter-sized aircraft by 2021, but there is no doubt in my mind that this type of thing is coming.

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May 11, 2019

Hypersonic vehicles

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 12:53 am
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The US is on track to test two hypersonic vehicles this year according to this report.  If you haven’t been paying attention, one of the big fears being pushed is that the Chinese are “way ahead” in developing a hypersonic vehicle or warhead.  Frankly, I can’t tell how much of this is “missile gap” hype (get it? Hype.  Sometimes I amuse myself) and how much is real.  It certainly does appear that hypersonic vehicles and lasers are going to be two important areas of weapons development in the near future.

May 8, 2019

Frikin’ laser beams

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 2:59 pm
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As the Professor says, “Faster please”.

January 19, 2019

Aircraft mounted laser weapons

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:12 am
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Interesting thoughts on the coming use of aircraft mounted laser weapons.

July 5, 2018

Lasers

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:08 am
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China has developed a hand-held laser. It looks to be mainly useful for crowd control and maybe anti-terror operations at the moment.

The US may put laser weapons on the F-35.  Interesting.

Not to be outdone, the US Army is going to field a 100Kw laser for anti-drone, anti-mortar defense.

May 8, 2018

Not good news

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 5:09 pm
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If Chinese forces are actively using lasers to try an blind our pilots, you have to think that the Chinese are willing to up the tensions between the two countries.  I wonder if this was a local commander or some local troops going off script.  If not, that worries me.

March 21, 2018

Frikin’ laser beams

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:22 pm
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The USAF is looking to equip F-15s with laser weapons.  Story here.  Interesting if they can do it.

January 11, 2018

The US Navy gets lasers

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 9:39 pm
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Looks like the Navy is going to equip its next assault ship with a laser.

January 18, 2017

British Hi-tech

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:18 pm
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This sounds interesting, if a bit far into the future.  I’ll be interested to see if they can pull it off.

December 14, 2016

Frikin’ laser beams

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 9:45 am
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The USAF wants them.  In the words of Glen Reynolds, “Faster, please”.

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