Boeing Laser System Kills a Plane

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Boeing Laser System Kills a Plane

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Who needs guns and missiles? Lasers are the future of warfare.

Earlier this year, two laser weapon systems developed by Boeing successfully demonstrated the ability to fry unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The first, dubbed the Mobile Active Targeting Resource for Integrated eXperiments (MATRIX), was able to destroy five UAVs from various ranges using solely a single high-brightness laser beam. The second, called Laser Defender, also killed a UAV but uses a combination of laser and kinetic energy weaponry (i.e. bullets).

MATRIX was developed under contract by the Air Force Research Laboratory, while Laser Defender is a Boeing-funded creation. Bill Baker, chief scientist of the Air Force Research Laboratory's Directed Energy Directorate, believes these tests "validate the use of directed energy to negate potential hostile threats against the homeland." MATRIX's performance was particularly impressive, due to its "unprecedented, ultra-precise and lethal acquisition, pointing and tracking at long ranges using relatively low laser power."

Boeing realizes that shooting lasers at ground vehicles from the air is just as important as shooting at air vehilcles from the ground. The company is apparently the leader in laser weapon systems, also developing the Airborne Laser (i.e. truck killer), Advanced Tactical Laser, Free Electron Laser, High Energy Laser Technology Demonstrator and Tactical Relay Mirror System, which all sound like they'd really leave a nasty burn on your forearm. There is something much less visceral about a laser as opposed to a thundering gatling gun, though the laser seems like it has its advantages.

So, when do phasers get here?

Source: Boeing via Slashdot

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when boeing gets board of matrix lazers, thats when they make phasers

VitusPrime:
when boeing gets board of matrix lazers, thats when they make phasers

How can you get a board with matrix lasers? I want one.

OT: This is interesting. I wonder what they're going to do with it.

Awesome, freaking awesome

Kollega:
CHARGING THEIR LAZORZ!

Someone had to do it...You bastard!

It looks like US Air Forces are CHARGING THEIR LAZORZ! Now just polish these systems to a mirror-shine (pun very much intended), and we're good to go.

......AWESOME!
So the first one was pure energy and the second used Bullets with energy?
Looks like someone over there likes Outlaw Star a little too much.

TheFacelessOne:

VitusPrime:
when boeing gets board of matrix lazers, thats when they make phasers

How can you get a board with matrix lasers? I want one.

OT: This is interesting. I wonder what they're going to do with it.

FUNK TYPO

and to rescue myself. when the BOARD gets BORED of the lazers, we will get Phasers!

It won't be long now till they mount them on sharks.

Tom Goldman:
High Energy Laser Technology Demonstrator

Is this just a salesman that gets parachuted in to show all the bad guys how amazing this laser stuff is?

VitusPrime:

TheFacelessOne:

VitusPrime:
when boeing gets board of matrix lazers, thats when they make phasers

How can you get a board with matrix lasers? I want one.

OT: This is interesting. I wonder what they're going to do with it.

FUNK TYPO

and to rescue myself. when the BOARD gets BORED of the lazers, we will get Phasers!

I still want a board of matrix lasers though.

So, when do we get freaking sharks with freaking laser beams on their heads?

New weapons for the next MW!
Also, lasers <3

Awesome! Please Jesus/Buddha/Superman tell me I get to play with one of these things during my military career!

Better start working on my "Command Voice".

"Shields up, weapons on-line... Not equipped with shields? Well then buckle up!"

Lasers are the future. There is nothing they cannot do.

Appease Boeing before they get they hands on total world control.

To quote "Physics of the Impossible"

When we start walking around with nuclear back pack powerplants.

im not entirely sure where i saw the article but i believe police forces were experimenting with a sort of civilian (or rather anti civilian) laser technology. it was meant to cause intense pain and minor burns however the laser could not shoot through metallic surfaces meaning that a simple thin layer of say... aluminum underneath a persons clothing would make them immune to this weaponry.

Rusty Bucket:

Tom Goldman:
High Energy Laser Technology Demonstrator

Is this just a salesman that gets parachuted in to show all the bad guys how amazing this laser stuff is?

Come on don't be like that. His name is Tony Stark and you know it. Give the man some credit :P

Heh heh heh.
oh. damn.
Soon, I'll have to choose between a Las-Pistol or a Gyrojet Pistol :(
I want both :(

but anyway...
yes. lasers. yes.

Doc Theta Sigma:

Rusty Bucket:

Tom Goldman:
High Energy Laser Technology Demonstrator

Is this just a salesman that gets parachuted in to show all the bad guys how amazing this laser stuff is?

Come on don't be like that. His name is Tony Stark and you know it. Give the man some credit :P

Do we get the free drinks cooler with this one as well? That thing was funky.

So i take it that this one is more effective then the one shown a while back that only managed to burn the paint off a car?

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I love it. All they need is a giant speaker to make the "Pew Pew Pew" sounds.

Woooo Go lasers! Soon we'll have deathstar lasers soon right?

Vault boy Eddie:
It won't be long now till they mount them on sharks.

Where are my frickin' sharks with the frickin' laser beams attached to their frickin' heads?!
-Dr. Evil

Laser weapons, I wonder if they'll ever create anti-personnel lasers. Then we will all need big white plastic suits.

That plane got what was coming to it.

Good to see that those folks with applied physics degree are making great strides in their field.

All we need to do now is to put a couple of those on a walking giant exoskeleton and I'll have my Warhammer.

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Holy shit.

Good thing I'm in America. That is frightening.

SilentHunter7:
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I love it. All they need is a giant speaker to make the "Pew Pew Pew" sounds.

this

oh so that's what UAV stands for.
Any way that's really cool cant wait to see where they go with this.

They still need to call it the Alan Parson's Project.

This will be an awesome age for warfare... at least from a scientific point of view.

Sebenko:
Lasers are the future. There is nothing they cannot do.

Appease Boeing before they get they hands on total world control.

Lasers can get you laid, feed starving children and make Twilight good?

IF this goes into full use the people commanding the lasers need to have 'Dr Octogonapus' as their mascot. BLAHHHHHH!!!!!!!

The_root_of_all_evil:
They still need to call it the Alan Parson's Project.

cookie for the austin powers ref

OT: pretty cool, I wonder when that thing will see actual combat and when they'll develop lasers small enough to be used as personal weapons. then we'll have laser guns. now who could have thought of something that awesome?

HUBILUB:

Sebenko:
Lasers are the future. There is nothing they cannot do.

Appease Boeing before they get they hands on total world control.

Lasers can get you laid, feed starving children and make Twilight good?

The only way you could make twilight good would be by burning it. Which you can do with lasers. simple, eh?

HAMMER OF DAWN!!!!

SilentHunter7:

I love it. All they need is a giant speaker to make the "Pew Pew Pew" sounds.

We will all be disappointed to learn that lasers don't make a "pew-pew" noise. It's more of a "schmoops-schmoops."

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