July 19th, 2010
Peter John Glynn
First there was conventional war. Then there were the Drones Wars. Now we see a new 'sexy' weapon enter the scene - a weapon which will be no stranger to readers of Asimov, Clarke and Roddenberry.
No sooner has the spectre of drones above the streets of the Western ( and Eastern) World been brandished as 'the way ahead for security and overseas operations' than the same boffins of the military complex reveal a weapon to make drones nigh on unusable.
Anti-drone lasers were unveiled at the Farnborough Airshow last week and according to a BBC report, makers Raytheon said
" ...the solid state fibre laser produces a 50 kilowatt beam and can be used against UAV, mortar, rockets and small surface ships. " By comparison, a coffee machine uses 1 kilowatt. Another test, this off the Californian coast, saw 5 x 5 kilowatt lasers down 4 incoming drones without fuss. A spokesman for Raytheon said
" One of the Navy's problems is that the bad guys have UAV's now." How true.
The company refuses to say what distance lasers have, though admit it is a lot further than the current guns mounted on Navy Patrol Vessels.
As we enter a nightmare scenario of war without end, sci-fi writers will be rubbing their hands at possible scenarios.
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