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NickB79 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-11-11 11:07 AM
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1. It's a solution to a question no one asked
Lasers on ships are pointless compared to projectile weapons. CIWS guns that fire hundreds of rounds per second are just as effective as a laser on small targets, and a hell of a lot cheaper to boot. You can't replace large guns like those on old battleships with lasers because a lot of fire is over-the-horizon fire, which you can't accomplish with a laser (no arc of trajectory, just a straight line).

It really has no use except to look cool and futuristic.
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  -Laser gun fired from US navy ship go west young man  Apr-11-11 10:59 AM   #0 
  - It's a solution to a question no one asked  NickB79   Apr-11-11 11:07 AM   #1 
  - Now we'll need a fleet of new choppers...  DRex   Apr-11-11 11:09 AM   #2 
  - Sure, but the laser is more environmentally sound.  Jester Messiah   Apr-11-11 11:17 AM   #4 
  - Which needs power: Chemical or Nuclear power.  AtheistCrusader   Apr-11-11 11:19 AM   #5 
  - The nuclear power is already there.  OneTenthofOnePercent   Apr-11-11 11:24 AM   #10 
     - Only aircraft carriers and the Long Beach are nuke for surface warfare vessels.  Arctic Dave   Apr-11-11 01:47 PM   #35 
        - I assumed all modern DDG/Destroyer clas ships were also nuclear like the carriers & submarines.  OneTenthofOnePercent   Apr-11-11 05:10 PM   #54 
           - DDG ships are gas turbine-powered  jmowreader   Apr-11-11 05:33 PM   #59 
  - Yeah, because the "soon to be part of the environment" targets being obliterated by those eco-lasers  liberation   Apr-11-11 12:05 PM   #20 
     - Depends on the target, I'm sure.  Jester Messiah   Apr-11-11 04:07 PM   #50 
        - So targets that not have rounds of their own  liberation   Apr-11-11 07:57 PM   #74 
           - Look at it this way  Jester Messiah   Apr-12-11 02:01 PM   #83 
  - Could me more effective.  OneTenthofOnePercent   Apr-11-11 11:20 AM   #6 
  - I disagree  hack89   Apr-11-11 11:23 AM   #9 
  - I also think this is great for use against pirate ships. n/t  stevenleser   Apr-11-11 01:48 PM   #36 
  - As long as  A Physicist   Apr-11-11 03:00 PM   #48 
  - OK - if you say so. nt  hack89   Apr-11-11 04:18 PM   #53 
  - For a missile faster than bullets, spray out a cloud of bullets, and let the missile run into them.  tclambert   Apr-11-11 05:24 PM   #55 
     - The radar horizon for a ship is about 12 miles  hack89   Apr-11-11 05:38 PM   #61 
        - OK, 12 seconds gives you a little reaction time.  tclambert   Apr-11-11 05:52 PM   #63 
           - It would have to be a fully automated system  hack89   Apr-11-11 06:21 PM   #70 
  - Cooler yet...  Roy Rolling   Apr-11-11 01:10 PM   #31 
  - I believe "Dr. Blowhole" from the Penguins of Madagascar  go west young man   Apr-11-11 01:54 PM   #39 
     - Laser Cats  alfredo   Apr-11-11 06:25 PM   #71 
  - Disable a craft's engine without sinking the craft with a projectile weapon  Recursion   Apr-11-11 01:12 PM   #32 
  - Oh good, another killing machine. Just what we need. n/t  Paper Roses   Apr-11-11 11:14 AM   #3 
  - Empire  BeFree   Apr-11-11 11:30 AM   #15 
  - so my tax dollars  yngdip   Apr-11-11 11:21 AM   #7 
  - Don't think of them as "laser guns" but as a nice "laser show."  liberation   Apr-11-11 12:07 PM   #21 
  - Seems like a rocket would have done a better job  buddysmellgood   Apr-11-11 11:22 AM   #8 
  - This is really a test bed for developing speed of light weapons  FLPanhandle   Apr-11-11 11:25 AM   #11 
     - Yeah, we need to make sure we can neutralize those terrorist zodiacs moving at the speed of light...  liberation   Apr-11-11 12:08 PM   #22 
     - I did read about a Chinese rocket that can take out an aircraft carrier largely  buddysmellgood   Apr-11-11 12:59 PM   #29 
     - For many threats  A Physicist   Apr-11-11 02:35 PM   #47 
  - Now, we can cause thousands of dollars in damage to any boat that looks suspicious...  Ian David   Apr-11-11 11:25 AM   #12 
  - If the laser can fry an engine ...  JustABozoOnThisBus   Apr-11-11 11:28 AM   #13 
  - Sure, if they aim it at people, it could light them up like roman candles.  Ian David   Apr-11-11 11:31 AM   #17 
  - How is that different than blasting them with a naval deck gun?  Kolesar   Apr-11-11 11:53 AM   #19 
     - "Never" is such a strong word...  liberation   Apr-11-11 12:10 PM   #23 
  - so this is the so called "hel" fire weapon.  2banon   Apr-11-11 11:29 AM   #14 
  - We have money for this happy horse shit but we have to ...  Botany   Apr-11-11 11:30 AM   #16 
  - And to think of all the lives in America that money could have helped.  go west young man   Apr-11-11 12:28 PM   #25 
  - Think of President Eisenhower's "Cross of Iron" speech updated  LongTomH   Apr-11-11 02:09 PM   #42 
     - Thank You.  go west young man   Apr-11-11 02:17 PM   #46 
  - I'm sure quite a few grad students were sent through school by this project  Recursion   Apr-11-11 01:13 PM   #33 
  - I'm sure we could come up with better ways to educate and employ  go west young man   Apr-11-11 02:01 PM   #40 
     - This from the guy  RSillsbee   Apr-11-11 05:33 PM   #60 
     - Ha! Your funny!  go west young man   Apr-11-11 08:17 PM   #76 
     - earth to go west ... there arnt any engineering jobs in the US right now not many at all  MikeW   Apr-11-11 07:55 PM   #73 
        - It's about priorities.  go west young man   Apr-11-11 08:19 PM   #77 
           - with the economy in the tank and no construction or manufacturing going on  MikeW   Apr-12-11 05:54 PM   #87 
  - The figure isn't quite that bad, but close  primavera   Apr-11-11 07:23 PM   #72 
  - It will always be cheaper to kill things and people  Kelvin Mace   Apr-11-11 11:42 AM   #18 
  - How many teachers' salaries  bergie321   Apr-11-11 12:18 PM   #24 
  - "Chinese deploy new ship-mounted mirrors"  Canuckistanian   Apr-11-11 12:34 PM   #26 
  - With lead in them...eom  Kolesar   Apr-11-11 12:50 PM   #28 
  - "Aw, dammit." -Pentagon [nt]  Jester Messiah   Apr-11-11 04:08 PM   #52 
  - New US computerized rock throwing mechanism breaks new records in cost  liberation   Apr-11-11 07:58 PM   #75 
  - To me, it looked like their "laser" was just a big magnifying glass  Taverner   Apr-11-11 12:34 PM   #27 
  - Somalia pirates best  donco   Apr-11-11 01:04 PM   #30 
  - Put that laser on OIL Tankers and stop the damn pirates. That works for me.  Auntie Bush   Apr-11-11 01:46 PM   #34 
  - A couple of 50-calliber gun mounts would be just as effective against pirate boats.  LongTomH   Apr-11-11 02:11 PM   #43 
     - ding, ding, ding! n/t  Hotler   Apr-11-11 06:18 PM   #69 
  - How will it work if the boat is in motion?  Arctic Dave   Apr-11-11 01:51 PM   #37 
  - Nice to know there is never such a thing as 'recession' for the Pentagon  Blue_Tires   Apr-11-11 01:52 PM   #38 
  - Queue the death star music. nt  Javaman   Apr-11-11 02:02 PM   #41 
  - The idea of lasers on ships has merit IMO if they can defeat incoming anti-ship missiles.  Vinee   Apr-11-11 02:15 PM   #44 
  - That depends on who launches the anti-ship missiles ...  Nihil   Apr-12-11 09:15 AM   #82 
     - ASBM WH re-entry ...  makhno   Apr-12-11 03:40 PM   #85 
  - Motors probably have 750+ hrs on them  One_Life_To_Give   Apr-11-11 02:16 PM   #45 
  - "Take that, ye scurvy pirate!"  yellowcanine   Apr-11-11 03:19 PM   #49 
  - .  LetTimmySmoke   Apr-11-11 04:07 PM   #51 
  - I wish to lodge 3 objections to this test  tclambert   Apr-11-11 05:26 PM   #56 
  - 1) The target boat was obviously not moving.  tclambert   Apr-11-11 05:27 PM   #57 
  - 2) The engines were painted black. What if they were white, or silver?  tclambert   Apr-11-11 05:32 PM   #58 
  - 3) In the video, they shined the laser on one spot for about 10 seconds to achieve ignition.  tclambert   Apr-11-11 05:39 PM   #62 
  - I wonder how many whales were harmed during the test(s)?  Dont_Bogart_the_Pretzel   Apr-11-11 05:56 PM   #64 
  - Gee, don't you all feel safer....?  fascisthunter   Apr-11-11 05:57 PM   #65 
  - We've got frickin' lasers!  underpants   Apr-11-11 06:07 PM   #66 
     - lol...  fascisthunter   Apr-11-11 06:09 PM   #67 
  - Seems like it would be quicker to set the crew on fire.  alfredo   Apr-11-11 06:12 PM   #68 
  - Also you could hose the boat out and re-purpose it.  Hassin Bin Sober   Apr-11-11 11:26 PM   #79 
     - I can see this becoming a horrific anti personnel weapon.  alfredo   Apr-11-11 11:47 PM   #80 
  - In the future, lasers can be used to set social security checks on fire  daleo   Apr-11-11 11:06 PM   #78 
  - clunky and expensive the robotics required to keep the thing steady...  Evasporque   Apr-12-11 06:27 AM   #81 
  - So this is going to help protect a carrier battle group how?  makhno   Apr-12-11 03:24 PM   #84 
  - I say The Navy is full of shit....put lasers on sharks, it would make more sense.  Baclava   Apr-12-11 05:08 PM   #86 

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