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USS Portland set to get laser weapon

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The amphibious warship USS Portland is set to get a radical new version of the Navy's laser weapon fitted for a historic test.

The laser weapon will be fitted to the ship later this year as a 'technology demonstrator' officials said.

It paves the way for laser weapons to be integrated across the Navy fleet.


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The weapon is a next-generation upgrade from the U.S. military's Laser Weapon System (LaWS), which has been tested in the Middle East aboard the U.S.S. Ponce, programme manager Captain Brian Metcalfe said.

The existing laser weapon is a $40 million system that moves faster than an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) and has demonstrated the ability to take down an incoming drone, undeterred by wind and without making any noise.

As soon as the laser makes contact with a drone, the vehicle heats to a temperature of more than 1,000°F (537°C) and explodes.

The weapon is also extremely precise, which could minimise deaths in wartime, according to the Navy.


 
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when some of these ships are decommissioned, crew have been known (atleast in the past a few times) to "remove items" from the ships for prosperity...my father & his friends did it when the USS Salem CA-139 was put to rest, imagine when this puppy was decommissioned, removing that Laser :laugh:. or possibly a C-ram , great for solicitors, and unwanted house guests
 
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I'd hate to be the guy who has to clean salt off the lense every five minutes!
 

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Weren't the US working on a high velocity rail gun for their warships? I wonder what happened to that
 
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Weren't the US working on a high velocity rail gun for their warships? I wonder what happened to that
we cant speak to "outsiders" about it , sorry :D
 

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Weren't the US working on a high velocity rail gun for their warships? I wonder what happened to that
I think I remember reading it was on the USS Zumwalt. There was a TPU thread about the railgun and the Zumwalt. @FordGT90Concept would know more.
 
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The rail gun is yesterday's news ,old stuff. The weapon of tomorrow is

....... The gyroscopically leveled, lazer sighted, enhanced targeting rubber chicken Canon. :rockout:

Available in several caliber options
 

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I think I remember reading it was on the USS Zumwalt. There was a TPU thread about the railgun and the Zumwalt. @FordGT90Concept would know more.
They're still working on improving its cyclic rate (want minimum 6 shots per minute) and durability (want minimum 3000 shots per rail), last I heard. The theory definitely works but application isn't exactly practical yet.


I believe this is the second ship to get LAWS.
 
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application isn't exactly practical yet.
fitting, placement,deployment,& logistics are likely serious hurdles to overcome for engineers..... certainly an intriguing technology. Id imagine its one of those "build the craft around the gun" scenarios....as the end product will likely be a rather sizable device...i wonder what considerations to surrounding equipment, and crew has to be taken into account....meaning what effect the tech has on its surroundings, like a MRI tube.
 

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I can understand it's use for drones etc, not sure it has huge worth beyond that with limited range, I mean you don't want any enemy ship coming within a mile or so of you, just seems like a lot of money to shoot down a drone.
I really would like to see one with a 60 NM range, as far as I was aware there is nothing currently that can get remotely near that.
 

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Because the atmosphere wrecks the beam. The ABL had an effective range of about 20 miles, if memory serves, and that was using a lot of tech to improve the range at high altitude.
 
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I'd hate to be the guy who has to clean salt off the lense every five minutes!
Beats the hell out of being the guy that's gotta haul ammo around all day! lol
 

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Ship mounted and without a mirror on a drone or satellite this laser will only be line of sight, 8 or so miles at sea.
 
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