Skip to main content

US Army aims to arm soldiers with lasers in 2023

The prospect of developing laser weapons for soldiers on the battlefield is "very close", according to the US Army, which aims to deploy the weapons in 2023.

Addressing a House subcommittee, Mary J. Miller, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for Research and Technology, said extensive tests were being carried out to ensure lasers could combat threats ranging from rockets and mortars to drones and cruise missiles.

"We're trying to make sure that we understand, before we offer it to a soldier, what it can do and that they understand its capabilities," she told the House Armed Services Committee's Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities.

When asked how close the Army was to developing offensive and defensive directed-energy weapons, Ms Miller said they were "very close".

"What we need to do now is build trust with our operators so they understand what lasers can do. Lasers have been promised for an awful long time and they've never held up or delivered what was asked for.

The RADBO system Photo: US Airforce
Photo by: The RADBO system Photo: US Airforce
"So the operators are quite rightfully sceptical, which is why you see the [armed] services taking the lasers out in operational environments and letting them be used by operators so they can understand what the capabilities are.

"While we're looking at the large capabilities that these [lasers] can provide, there will be steps along the way when we spin out lesser capable laser systems that can do good things on smaller platforms and that's something you'll see coming out relatively soon."

Raytheon, one of the leading firms developing the technology, is working on creating a laser for the US Marines that is small enough to be carried on a tactical ground vehicle.

The US AIr Force, meanwhile, has already begun trialling lasers.

Dr. David Walker, deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force for Science, Technology and Engineering, told the committee the Air Force had "spun out lower-power lasers that give us a capability to protect our aircraft flying in theatre today".

"The Air Force is flying every day with lasers under its large aircraft, using them as an infrared countermeasure system ... As we get larger power outputs and better thermal management out of smaller package lasers, (we'll be) able to transition these to other aircraft besides our large transport aircraft.

"And as we build those powers, eventually (we'll) move from defensive capability to uisng that same laser to give us offensive capability as well."

US Naval base tests out Laser weapons Photo: ONR
Photo by: US Naval base tests out Laser weapons Photo: ONR
He also said the Air Force was working with Special Operations Command to develop an offensive laser that would be fitted to AFSOC AC-130 gunships.

The AIr Force said in December that it aimed to put lasers on fighter jets by 2020.

Last summer, it began testing a high-powered laser cannon mounted on an armoured truck to clear air fields of unexploded bombs and booby-traps.

The US Navy has also experimented with the technology, with a laser fitted to the USS Ponce in 2014. US naval commanders believe the technology will enable them to shoot down drones or burn up small attacking speed boats.

Britain joined the laser arms race last year. The MOD said it was looking for defence firms to help build prototype machines “to enhance the UK’s understanding of the capability of a laser based weapon system”.
US Army aims to arm soldiers with lasers in 2023
By Chris Graham, telegraph.co.uk
http://flip.it/IsfoH

Popular posts from this blog

A historic moment in the Arab world

لحظة تاريخية في العالم العربي
As a democratic revolution led by tech-empowered young people sweeps the Arab world, Wadah Khanfar, Al Jazeera's director-general, shares a profoundly optimistic view of what's happening in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and beyond. In the first talk posted online from the TED 2011 conference in California, Khanfar describes the powerful moment when people realised they could step out of their homes and ask for change. "كما ثورة ديمقراطية بقيادة الشباب التكنولوجيا ذات صلاحيات تجتاح العالم العربي ، وضاح خنفر ، الجزيرة المدير العام والأسهم وجهة نظر متفائلة بشكل كبير ما يحدث في مصر وتونس وليبيا وخارجها. وفي اول حديث له نشر على الانترنت من مؤتمر تيد 2011 في ولاية كاليفورنيا ، خنفر يصف لحظة قوية عند الناس أدركت أنها لا يمكن الخروج من منازلهم ونطلب من أجل التغيير."
http://www.ted.com/talks/wadah_khanfar_a_historic_moment_in_the_arab_world.html This talk was given on March 1, 2011 in Long Beach, California. TED 2011 is taking place between March 1 and Mar…

Corona & Attitude of Ulema of Pakistan - Point to Ponder

Faith is entirely a personal matter, which cannot be measured or quantified. Anyone who declares to believe in 6 Fundamentals and 5 Pillars of Islam is considered as a Muslim even if he lacks in practice.
 کرونا اور علماء پاکستان کا رویہ - لمحہ فکریہ:پاکستان اس وقت  تک ترقی نہیں کر سکتا  جب تک ہم اس جاہل ، مزہبی انتہا پسند طبقے کی اس زہنیت سےچھٹکارا  نہیں حاصل  کر لیتے جو مساجد ، مذہب کو کنٹرول کرکہ  زیادہ جاہل عوام کو گمراہ  کرتے ہیں۔  اسلام کو ان جہلا کے شکنجے بچایا جانا صروری ہے۔ .....[....]
We find many people looking "more Muslim" than others due to their outlook and activities in display, yet it's not a measuring  tool for their level of faith , which is only known to Allah. However they consider ONLY themselves  to be entitled to  exercise control on religion, which is contested because authenticity of any opinion on religious matter is conditional to the reference and authority from Holy Scripture. 
Allah has not authorized anyone to present their personal opinions …

SalaamOne NetWork

SalaamOneسلامisa nonprofit e-Forum to promote peace among humanity, through understanding and tolerance of religions, cultures & other human values.
علم اور افہام و تفہیم کے لئے ایک غیر منافع بخش ای فورم ہے. علم،انسانیت، مذہب، سائنس، سماج، ثقافت، اخلاقیات اورروحانیت امن کے لئے.اس فورم کو آفتاب خان،  آزاد محقق اور مصنف نے منظم کیا ہے. تحقیقی کام دس سال سے "ڈیفنس جرنل" میں تسلسل سے چھپ رہا ہے جو کہ بلاگز، ویب سائٹ، سوشل میڈیا، میگزین، ویڈیو چننل اور برقی کتابوں کی صورت میں دستیاب ہے.اس  نیٹ ورک  کو اب تک لاکھوں افراد وزٹ کر چکے ہیں-


The enterprise is managed by Aftab Khan, a freelance researcher and writer. His work and collection is available in the form of e-Books. articles, magazines, videos, posts at social media, blogs & video channels. The  Forum is open to  all the rational, peace loving  people of any faith, gender or race. You may join at social media , invite your friends and share the stuff. The NetWork It has been visited by over  Millions of people around th…