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Old 01-02-2006, 16:56   #1
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Post New Weapon Could Mean The End Of Collateral Damage ?

The U.S. military has been developing a gunship that could literally obliterate enemy ground targets with a laser beam.

The military plans to test the Advanced Tactical Laser, a laser weapon mounted on a C-130H air transport that could destroy any weapon system without collateral damage.

The laser could have tremendous repercussions on the battlefield, particularly in urban warfare in such countries as Afghanistan and Iraq. "It's the kind of tool that could bring about victory within minutes," an official said.

The applications of ATL could change military dynamics on the battlefield. Officials envision the laser being able to destroy or damage targets in an urban area with virtually no collateral damage. The range of ATL was expected to be 10 miles.

The project has been headed by Boeing Missile Defense Systems in a project with the U.S. Air Force. Boeing has already taken delivery of the aircraft and plans to modify the platform for the ATL program.

Officials said a C-130H transport that belonged to the U.S. Air Force's 46th Test Wing was being modified to contain a high-energy chemical laser. The platform would also contain battle management and beam control subsystems.

Under the program, Boeing would test the aircraft in July 2006. The aircraft would have all subsystems on board except the high-energy laser. Officials said a low-power surrogate laser would be used instead of the kilowatt-class, high-energy laser.

At the same time, the high-energy laser would be completed in Albuquerque, N.M. Officials said the first ground tests of the laser would take place in the summer of 2006.

By 2007, Boeing plans to install the laser on the aircraft and operate the weapon during flight. The laser, designed to be fired through an existing 50-inch-diameter hole in the aircraft's belly, would be demonstrated for military missions.

Officials said ATL was being developed through the Pentagon's Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration program. Should the tests in 2007 prove successful, the Pentagon was expected to approve full-scale development of the airborne tactical laser.

The ATL was deemed as complementary to the Airborne Laser program for the Missile Defense Agency. ABL was meant to mount a megawatt-class chemical laser on a Boeing 747-400 freighter aircraft.
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Old 01-02-2006, 18:01   #2
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will be required to carry the megawatt generator they will need to pump out enough power.
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Old 01-02-2006, 20:07   #3
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They have also been developing a stealth ship. Another bloody hazard to navigation brought to you by the US navy. Imagine singlehanding, and catching a quick 15 minutes with the radar alarm on. All of a sudden lights out for bonzo. Oh well, conssesions in the name of security.
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You can say that again, Kai.
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Old 02-02-2006, 05:09   #5
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Stealth ships have been around for quite some time, and are not just the province of USA. There are some fast patrol boats in the Baltic that are very similar in shape to F-117.

Warships of frigate and destroyer size have been reducing their signature for decades, and each generation is better than the last. At least with a warship, there is a reasonable chance that they will be keeping a decent lookout, and operating your own radar will have given them some warning of your presence!
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Old 02-02-2006, 08:16   #6
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Hey Kai. Talbot is right.

Alot of countries have stealth ships.

France. Israel. USA. UK. Italy. To name a few.

Check out these websites:

http://www.military.com/soldiertech/...Ships,,00.html

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/3724219.stm

http://www.popularmechanics.com/scie...e/1281496.html

This one here is about a US NAVY stealth aircaraft carrier. A good read. Highly recommended!!

http://www.fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/ship/cvx.htm

http://www.fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/ship/submarine.htm

http://207.56.102.104/4Publications/...Stealth_Ba.htm

http://www.memagazine.org/backissues...h/stealth.html

http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/...rent/index.php

There's tons more websites. But everybody now has an idea?

Enjoy!!
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I have a mate that is skipper of a ship. They traveled across the Pacific and had no more than 80ft of water under them all the time. They had a Sub using them as a shadow for the entire trip.
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It's common practice for every US NAVY carrier battle group, to have anywhere between one to two submarines. Shadowing around under, or near the aircraft carrier.

In one battle group. You'll have one air craft carrier. And several different types of ships, that make up a carrier battle group. While they are sailing around during six, or more months out at sea.

One aircraft carrier, has close to 6,000 personnel onboard. And up to as much as 80 aircraft.
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