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111343 No. 111343 ID: d7e6b8
https://www.wired.com/story/lockheed-martin-fighter-jets-lasers/

So apparently we effectively own the airspace of the globe if we so choose.

Thanks for playing guys.

It could get even more awesome when everyone else gets them too. Gun level dog fighting will be a serious thing again!
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>> No. 111344 ID: d7e6b8
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>>111343
Shamelessly still laughing my ass off at the global domination level of trolling this enables until everyone gets them.
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I have been reporting on articles about military lasers, but the past few years it seems a great advancement was made in airborne laser weapons that reduced the size to something around 750 pounds and these "liquid lasers" can keep firing without bulky refrigeration as long as the aircraft keeps providing power to the laser. Plus, these lasers are destructive. They can swat down incoming artillery, missiles and drones. The engineers are lavished with funds to make these new lasers capable of aircraft at long range and even satellites in orbit or tanks at close range.

- US Advanced Tactical Laser (ATL) on an AC-130 gunship. http://www.operatorchan.org/t/res/110766.html#110766
When this tech breakthrough of a lightweight laser than can fire as long as it is energized by aircraft engines, the Pentagon wanted some installed in the new gunships. Lockheed Martin has committed to building a 5,000-pound, 200-kilowatt offensive laser cannon for mounting aboard Air Force AC-130 gunships. I imagine they want to combat test this over Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan to see the effect it would have on superstitious desert peasants getting zapped out of nowhere by death rays.
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Air Force aims for laser weapons on a fighter jet by 2021 - STARS AND STRIPES published November 20, 2017
The Air Force Research Laboratory is forging ahead with a high-energy laser designed to shoot down drones, incoming rockets and mortar rounds and hopes to have a demonstration model ready by 2021, officials say.
The Self-protect High Energy Laser Demonstrator program, or SHiELD, which launched this year, seeks to equip supersonic warplanes, such as the B-1 Lancer, F-35 Lightning and F-22 Raptor, with defensive lasers mounted in external pods.
The Air Force wants a high-energy laser system compact enough to complement the internal cannon and missiles equipped on its fighter jets.
The new system uses a type of optical fiber as the light-emitting material, instead of the neodymium-doped crystals used in conventional solid-state lasers. Since fiber can be coiled, more power can be packed into a compact system. https://www.stripes.com/news/air-force-aims-for-laser-weapons-on-a-fighter-jet-by-2021-1.498652
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Naturally the new stealth drones will be armed with lasers if the designers can fit it in.

- A General Atomics rendering shows a laser weapon fired from the company's new jet-powered Predator C Avenger drone (though in real life, the laser is invisible).
This month, the Force awakens in theaters. Next month, a new force awakens in the New Mexico desert, where the Defense Department is to start testing a weapon worthy of “Star Wars” — a silent, invisible laser that needs just a couple of seconds to burn a hole in targets miles away.
“What it really boils down to is a silent weapon that nobody sees or hears,” said Lt. Gen. Bradley Heithold, commander of Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC, pronounced “AFF-sock”).
Heithold is eager to put a laser cannon on four or five of AFSOC’s three dozen or so AC-130 gunships. AC-130s are typically used to cover special operations troops on nighttime missions.
“I think we can do this now,” Heithold said of the laser weapon. “When I say now, I’m talking about by the close of the decade.”
If Heithold is right, that’s a revolutionary turn of events — after decades of costly research. https://nypost.com/2015/12/27/air-force-will-test-first-aircraft-mounted-laser-weapon-in-january/
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LaWS, or Laser Weapons System. The world’s first active laser weapon.
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>>111343
>Being invisible isn't so crucial when you’ve got a laser that lets you waltz into enemy territory, do your job while zapping missiles out of the sky, and cruise home.
Unfortunately, it seems like the cannon will be a froward-facing weapon that can probably burn some part of incoming missile if it pleases to hold relatively still for several seconds in front of the plane.

https://www.wired.com/2015/08/welcome-world-drone-killing-laser-cannon/
>Perhaps the biggest disappointment is that the laser doesn’t make a “pew pew” noise. A Boeing rep did say the company’s planning to add a number of sound effects to the control station, to help multi-tasking operators keep an eye on what’s going on when it’s in an automated tracking mode.
This article is pure bliss.

>>111344
>the global domination level of trolling this enables
If it means trolling by blatant and laughable claims, I assume, US has no competitors since Reagan times.
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>>111353
Considering that the technology is viable in a pod to be mounted on a fighter hard point.

I would image that we can figure out something large enough to go forward and backward more likely to be mounted in a bubble that is 360 rotatable lower.

I mean we mounted a plane.
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>>111364
Yes, they have tested a bubble turret laser in the AC-130 Gunship, back in 2009, but the laser weighs 5000 pounds (but it kills, and that's the important thing).
- A specially modified 46th Test Wing NC-130H aircraft equipped with the Advanced Tactical Laser weapon system fired its laser while flying over White Sands Missile Range, N.M., successfully hitting a target board located on the ground. Equipped with a chemical laser, a beam control system, sensors and weapon-system consoles, the ATL is designed to damage, disable or destroy targets with little or no collateral damage.
Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M. (AFNS) -- Members of the 413th Flight Test Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla., and contractor Boeing recently successfully fired the high-power laser aboard the Advanced Tactical Laser aircraft for the first time in flight.
The combined effort between Boeing and the 413th was instrumental to the "first light" of the high power ATL.
"This successful test is a major step toward bringing directed energy capability to the warfighter," said Gary Fitzmire, vice president and program director of Boeing's Directed Energy Systems. "We have demonstrated that an airborne system can fire a high-power laser in flight and deliver laser beam energy to a ground target."
During the test, the specially modified 46th Test Wing NC-130H aircraft equipped with the ATL weapon system took off from Kirtland and fired its laser while flying over White Sands Missile Range, N.M., successfully hitting a target board located on the ground. ATL is equipped with a chemical laser, a beam control system, sensors and weapon-system consoles.
"We have taken technology from the laboratory to reality and have now demonstrated that directed energy is on a path toward a safe and viable option for the warfighter with very unique capabilities," said Eric Van Dorn, 413th FLTS lead flight test engineer.
More tests are planned to demonstrate ATL's military utility. The system is designed to damage, disable or destroy targets with little to no collateral damage. These demonstrations support development of systems that will conduct missions on the battlefield and in urban operations.
"The time and effort from the entire team exhibited the cooperation and professionalism between the U. S. Air Force and Boeing. The culmination of this event is fantastic," said Master Sgt. Scott Wollitz, mission flight engineer. "I feel extremely fortunate to have been a part of the crew for this test. The laser shot was amazing!"
The ATL program is managed by the 687th Armament Systems Squadron, which is part of the 308th Armament Systems Wing at Eglin AFB, Fla., and supported by the Air Force Research Laboratory's Directed Energy Directorate at Kirtland.
"It's another case of science fiction becoming reality," said Maj. James Stahl, 413th FLTS test pilot. "As a kid growing up I was fascinated by the lasers in the movie Star Wars; to be the first to fire this laser in flight is truly an honor." http://www.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/119975/advanced-tactical-laser-aircraft-fires-high-power-laser-in-flight/
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trump: this is important technology, we need to share it with our allies in russia. also we're arming the police with lasers to fight the opioid crisis. thats why i need to raise your taxes, lasers aren't free.
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>>111368
Actually, the defense contractors have been touting the cost-effectiveness of lasers. The actual beam of coherent light costs a dollar (for the gasses consumed in the formation of the beam, I guess) where an antiaircraft missile like the Navy SM-2 costs $400,000. Sure, the laser weapon firing the laser beam costs millions, but the beam itself is cheap.
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>>111366
So the 2009 lasers are out. That was the game changer, no more chemicals.

These are solid-state lasers, which run on electricity only.

Power plant is up, lasers up.
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I see you.
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There is no sanctuary in the void, only death.
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>>111369
oh, defense contractors are telling us it's going to be a great deal for the taxpayer, that changes everything. its funny/pathetic to see how easily fooled some dreamy eyed retard who thinks hes smart is.
>it worth it cause i saw it in star wars and it's neat-o
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eaaa the missile gap the missile gap won't somebody please think of it
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