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Bit of a necro post... :whistle:
 



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Sweet, looks like the future is finally here. Just another 10 years or so and everything is going to be like star wars.:whistle:


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Class IV.
Don't post whore.
I made a rhyme
But what's it good for?

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2020 is almost here... Boeing is doing the laser system on the USAF AC-130 gunship

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Toyota 50 cal technicals that ISIS seems to be running with, are now out dated as Northrop Grumman announced that they’re looking to integrate a 10-kilowatt (30KW in the next few months) solid-state fiber laser onto their newest tactical dune buggy. The Hellhound, a rear-engine vehicle with seating for six, weighs in at 13,000 pounds with a mini power plant that runs as long as the engine is running and puts out 100 kilowatts of usable power, a first for a small truck.
The laser will soon be a requirement for more vehicles as a result of rising Pentagon concerns about cheap ubiquitous drone swarms in theater ...


All Terrain and High Mobility Vehicles
 

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Well. Good lord. +1. That's all I have in response to that. :takeit:
 

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2020 is almost here... Boeing is doing the laser system on the USAF AC-130 gunship
Boeing's gunship is called "High-Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator" or HEL MD.

Lockheed has begun production of the fiber-laser modules for the 60-kW system. The company was awarded a $25 million contract in April to build and test the modular laser for integration into the Army’s Boeing-developed High-Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator (HEL MD). “We will deliver the laser to the customer at the end of 2016.
A prototype turret developed by Lockheed Martin for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the Air Force Research Laboratory controls and compensates for air flow, paving the way for laser weapon systems on tactical aircraft.

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Today, after 10 years of bidding Northrop-Grumman was awarded the contract to build 21 of 100 aircraft to replace the B-52 with initial operating capability slated for the mid-2020s. Sec. of Defense LaPlante dropped just one hint: “We’re going to do something that, as far as we know, has never been done before on a major platform.”

IMHO ??? kw LASER

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Still, the plane’s most valuable asset is likely not any single whiz-bang gadget, but its modular operating system. The bomber is meant to be the Linux of aircraft, easily and cheaply upgradeable over the next three decades.

“You deliberately make the first version of it have the basic capabilities that you want and you have all the hooks in there and you have plans to upgrade the next version of it,” LaPlante said.
 
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Yes solar ! go to 1:26 min ... 20,000 mph scramjets fighting 100 miles up - no missiles, only IR Lasers beyond 780 nm aimed at the engine for a kill ... (or a flight from New York to Tokyo in 20 minutes in a commercial scramjet)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URvfhda6ntc
 
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The concept shows a tailless, possibly supersonic combat fighter, promising a new breakthrough in manoeuvrability, speed and stealth for a combat aircraft. An electrical accumulator stores the energy , releasing the latent energy as necessary to generate a surge of power for the LASER firing rate, forcing the pilot to exit combat until the accumulator is refilled with energy. Thermal management will be a critical factor. The best high-power LASERS are only 32-33% efficient, meaning 2MW of heat is generated for every 1MW of energy that can be formed into a laser beam.

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/northrop-beating-heat-leads-sixth-generation-fighte-420006/
 

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The U.S. Army is taking delivery of a 60 kilowatt-class laser from Lockheed Martin as the company wraps up demonstrations of the capability.

“In testing earlier this month, the Lockheed Martin laser produced a single beam of 58kW, representing a world record for a laser of this type,” the company said in a statement Thursday.

Lockheed was contracted to deliver the combined fiber laser for the Army’s Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck, or HEMTT, the largest vehicle in the Army inventory, after previously testing a 10-kW laser on the platform.

Once the laser is integrated, that becomes the High Energy Laser Mobile Test Truck. Boeing is doing the integration work.

The laser system has “proved to be highly efficient in testing,” the company stated, “capable of translating more than 43 percent of the electricity that powered it directly into the actual laser beam it emitted."

The more powerful laser brings together individual lasers “generated through fiber optics, to generate a single, intense laser beam,” Lockheed explained, which allows for it to be scaled up in power by adding more fiber laser sub-units.


LINK to article & pics @ DEFENSE NEWS:
US Army gets world record-setting 60-kW laser
 
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Sweet! Now I can't wait for DTR to get one and start extracting parts and selling them! :san::eg::crackup::crackup::crackup:
 
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