The Navy didn't develop the laser system. And I'm offering free beer because I know the chances of this thing being used within the parameters I provided.I'm rethinking which branch I want to join
Parameters change.Mmmm...Killian's. Inexpensive (at least on the east coast) and delicious!!
The Navy didn't develop the laser system. And I'm offering free beer because I know the chances of this thing being used within the parameters I provided.
Iranians have been fucking with our forces in the Straits of Hormuz for a long time, this gives those assets another arrow in the quiver.With respect to @SOWT 's OP, doesn't the Navy have to present evidence to justify the testing and acquistion of these expensive, cutting-edge weapons systems? In other words, where are the threats to our ships that necessitate electromagnetic rail guns and laser weapons? Where are the UAVs, "slow-moving helicopters and fast patrol craft" coming from that can't be killed by the missiles and guns already in the inventory? Russia? The PRC? ISIS? AQ? Emaciated kaat-smoking Somalian pirates?
I have a problem with stuff like this because I don't see it helping our people who are currently fighting.
My comment about mounting this shit on an AC-130 was only half-kidding. We're going to be fighting jihadists for the next 20-fuckin years. Maybe the next 50. (Israel's been fighting them for 65.) I would love to see an article that announces some new high-tech weapons system that can make a positive contribution to the eradication of our enemies and to the welfare and security of our people on the ground.
Iranians have been fucking with our forces in the Straits of Hormuz for a long time, this gives those assets another arrow in the quiver.
Yes sir, I copy that, but those incidents don't seem to pose a tremendously dire threat. And can't our Navy counter anything the Iranians have with our advanced extant shipboard weaponry? I mean, it's great to blow the bastards to Mars with cool Star Trek stuff, but maybe some of that cool Star Trek stuff should go to the Army and Air Force. I'd love to see some of this R&D money going to research IED detection technology...if such a thing is possible.