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Old 13-04-2011, 23:12   #1
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US Navy - Big Laser

hey guys found a cool article not sure if its been posted.

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US Navy's laser test could put heat on pirates - Yahoo! News

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Old 14-04-2011, 06:47   #2
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Re: US Navy: Big Laser

So I guess instead of arresting the pirates, they are going to be the main course at a BBQ.
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sounds about right
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Old 14-04-2011, 21:22   #4
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So I guess instead of arresting the pirates, they are going to be the main course at a BBQ.
Best use for pirates.


From my understanding of a newspaper article in Australia on high power it could knock out a motor or on low power cause sight problems.
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i like the bbq idea.......what kinda sauce goes with pirate en brochette?
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Re: US Navy: Big Laser

Here's the test video, since they didn't link to it in the story.

YouTube - Maritime Laser Demonstration
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thanks for the video thats pretty impressive.

to bad they had to use a perfectly good 200hp outboard!
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thanks for the video thats pretty impressive.

to bad they had to use a perfectly good 200hp outboard!
My thoughts exactly. Nice to see such good use of tax dollars when it could have been done with something less new and shiney.
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Geez, judging by the comments there (youtube), the youtube population has gone completely liberal!

About the outboards - my guess is they made a "replica" pirate vessel for testing purposes.
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Re: US Navy: Big Laser

It looks like a cool weapon, I'm not sure about using this thing on "pirates" though. really; what is the sense in using a million dollar laser, (capable of intercepting a high speed missile), on a small skiff that can be easily disabled or sunk with a single 50 cal bullet?
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The laser may not have the appropriate intensity at the necessary range to intercept a missile.
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About the outboards - my guess is they made a "replica" pirate vessel for testing purposes.
Why would you guess that? Is it because certainly they would not waste tax dollars and destroy very expensive engines and boat?

I think about the best we might hope for is that the boat and motors were about to be decommissioned and would go on the GSA auction block.
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Ok, I am a pirate. The navy shoots a laser at me. The next time (as they rarely arrest anyone) I take a mirror. Problem solved
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Why would you guess that? Is it because certainly they would not waste tax dollars and destroy very expensive engines and boat?

I think about the best we might hope for is that the boat and motors were about to be decommissioned and would go on the GSA auction block.

That or they were confiscated. Beyond that, what's $2k tacked onto our multi-trillion dollar debt?
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Ok, I am a pirate. The navy shoots a laser at me. The next time (as they rarely arrest anyone) I take a mirror. Problem solved
Any normal mirror is only gonna delay a laser like that a tiny fraction of a second.

A highly polished industrial mirror might delay it 10 times longer. Maybe even a whole second.

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