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Lasers and Ray Guns

So, BAE Systems and Boeing have teamed up to add lethal lasers to the already tricked out Mk 38 chain gun system used for close-in defense on U.S. Navy ships. In March, BAE — maker of the MK 38 system (shown above) — recieved a contract to build a demo laser system to show that […]

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So, the U.S. Army has begun the process of choosing a new generation of laser countermeasures to protect low-flying military aircraft from 21st Century shoulder fired missiles. Current IR countermeasures found on Army helos aren’t effective against all types of heat-seeking missiles. Meanwhile, at about 200-pounds, the more effective, directional laser-based countermeasures like the AN/AAQ-24 […]

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The Navy and Northrop Grumman announced yesterday that for the first time a program that integrates solid state lasers on naval vessel had engaged another boat moving across the water. I realize this was reported yesterday, but I wanted to get the discussion going here since Defense Tech has covered the development of the Boeing’s […]

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The U.S. Navy is one step closer to developing a ship-mounted laser capable of defending against everything from swarms of speedboats to anti-ship missiles. After more than two decades of research, scientists at Los Alamos National Lab last month demonstrated the technology, known as a Free Electron Laser, needed to generate a one megawatt beam that could […]

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Going Green at SHOT

by christian on January 19, 2010

Greetings from Las Vegas. Military​.com associate editor Greg Grant and I are attending this year’s SHOT Show in Vegas and we had an opportunity to demo some of the hottest products from vendors today at the couple ranges outside the gambling mecca. One of the most interesting themes we ran across was the change in […]

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