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    US Navy prepares to deploy laser systems and electromagnetic guns

    Posted Feb 18th 2014, 10:01pm by AP

    ... The solid-state laser weapon system is designed to target what the navy describes as "asymmetrical threats". Those include aerial drones, speed boats and swarm boats, all potential threats ... to deploy laser weapons Some of the US Navy's futuristic weapons sound like something out of Star Wars, with lasers designed to shoot down aerial drones and electric guns that fire projectiles ...


    US army successfully tests laser defence system for forward bases

    Posted Dec 13th 2013, 10:33pm by AFP

    ... weapon, dubbed the high energy laser mobile demonstrator (Helmd), was unlikely to be operational until 2022 if the army decided to purchase the system, officials said. The system, armed ... Agence France-Presse in Washington The vehicle-mounted system proves effective against mortar fire and small drone aircraft US successfully tests laser defence for forward bases The US ...

  3. News - China - DEFENCE

    US lasers? PLA preparing to raise its deflector shields

    Posted Mar 10th 2014, 03:26am by STEPHEN CHEN

    ... such as missile's guidance system or an aircraft's engine. If most of that energy is reflected, the most powerful laser weapons could be as harmless as a torch. But, Huang cautioned, there were still ... of the papers say they have closely monitored laser developments in the West, especially in the US, and their coating technology has been tailored to counter specific weapon systems. Many ...

  4. News - China - DEFENCE

    Smog is China’s top defence against US laser weapons, says PLA Navy admiral

    Posted Feb 24th 2014, 01:19pm by DARREN WEE

    ... Darren Wee darren.wee@scmp.com PLA researcher backs state media claim that country's air pollution has a military upside China has secret weapon against US lasers: smog Watch: Zhang's interview on laser weapons China's thick smog is the best defence against US laser weaponry, a PLA researcher said in a state television interview, after the American navy recently ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    China should focus on hi-tech weapons, not plodding old carriers

    Posted Apr 26th 2013, 12:00am by TREFOR MOSS

    ... Technology has a clever habit of outdoing fantasy, and this month the US Navy announced that it has finally produced a working Laser Weapon System (the US military has been trying to develop ... The ammo-less Laser Weapon System promises infinite defence (provided you keep the batteries charged, and the weather isn't too cloudy); and once you've spent US$40 million installing it, ...

  6. News - China - DEFENCE

    China’s second hypersonic glider test fails as PLA trials nuclear weapons delivery system

    Posted Aug 22nd 2014, 04:30am by Minnie Chan

    ... sources close to the military said, as China attempts to find a way to deliver nuclear weapons at immense speed to evade defence systems. The test was carried out on August 7 at a missile ... It was the second time the PLA has tested the system, the two sources said.  The first test took place on January 9, and it was confirmed by the National Defence Ministry as  successful a few days later. ...

  7. Lasers zap six planes

    Posted Mar 31st 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Associated Press in Sydney An Australian state may ban hand-held laser pointers after six planes arriving in Sydney were forced to alter their flight paths. Beams from four green lasers ... minister of New South Wales, said the state was now considering a ban of the small laser pointers, common in classrooms and presentations. 'There are some penalties that police can impose now, ...

  8. West suspects Beijing has developed space-age arms, despite Hu's denials

    Posted Nov 10th 2009, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... the satellites. Some analysts have suggested that these events constitute low-power demonstrations of China's anti-satellite laser weapon systems, while others said that the military was simply ... security experts were poring over a satellite image that purportedly shows a new anti-satellite laser weapon site in Xinjiang. The debate started when IMINT and Analysis, a military analysis ...

  9. News - World - RUSSIA

    Putin touts Russian weapons build-up with ICBM submarine launch

    Posted Sep 11th 2014, 09:16pm by AP

    ... defence system and developing high-precision conventional weapons. He would not elaborate on prospective weapons, but he and other officials have repeatedly boasted about new Russian nuclear ... until 2020 and cost the equivalent of US$540 billion. Russia inherited most of its arsenal from the Soviet Union and has struggled to develop new weapons systems after the post-Soviet industrial ...

  10. Dicing with death rays

    Posted Sep 20th 2009, 12:00am by David Wilson

    ... than hurting people it just takes them out of the picture with a laser-like magic beam of light. How it does so is never fully explained. The wonder weapon dates back further than Star Trek- ... is an unnerving one. Nevertheless, large-scale death rays, or 'directed energy weapons', appear feasible. Last month, aircraft maker Boeing successfully fired a high-energy laser beam from ...




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