OMG the US Air Force can fire Lasers at targets!!!

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  1. Tilpots macrumors 601

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    Air Force, Boeing test laser weapon

    Video and article.

    Holy! This is exciting and scary at the same time. From the video, I couldn't detect a laser visually, the car just started burning. :eek:

    That's amazing to me. I know we've had powerful lasers around for awhile, but I've never, ever seen one shot from a moving plane with the sole intent of damaging it's target. Now I have, and that could be one super nasty weapon...
     
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    I would like to see a handweapon version of this.
     
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    you're not supposed to see the laser - and no, there isn't any sounds either - this isn't the cartoons!
     
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    Sharks with laser beams!

    Damn those cheaters with their auto aim... =p
     
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    I could live without that.
     
  8. Unspoken Demise macrumors 68040

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    So there is no loud
    "ima firin' mah lazers!
    SHOOP DA WHOOP!?"
     
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    Thanks for clarifying. But I coulda sworn I heard Elmer Fudd signing "Kill the Wabbit, Kill the Wabbit..." when they showed the shot of the plane.:p
     
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    Can we hump the laser?
     
  11. electroshock macrumors 6502a

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    +1

    That's EXACTLY what I was thinking when I saw the title! :D
     
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    It's the Apple Tablet's "killer app."
     
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    Okay, let's take this to its logical conclusion... (MSPaint FT...W?)
     

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    Only if billions are built secretly and released world wide simultaneously so that people can buy them before any government has a chance to outlaw them.:D
     
  17. tofagerl macrumors 6502a

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    Dr. Evil has ruined the word laser for me. We need a new one.
    Suggestions?
     
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    Beamstick?
    "This is my beamstick!"
     
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    Lite-Brite™?
     
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    So the its main purpose is to shoot down missiles. Now missile makers are going to add a mirror coating to the exterior of there missiles, effectively making them immune to lasers. There'll be a lot of collateral damage as non-reflective objects around the missile are burned. Whole flocks of migrating geese would falls from the sky, cooked extra crispy.:p
     
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    Then someone would have to invent some sort of personal anti-laser suit just so we can step outside our heavily-fortified houses. Since energy-based force fields are not an option (yet), it would have to be something that could both insulate the wearer from heat and reflect the majority of the beam.

    In short, we'd end up wearing more mirrors than Lady Gaga. :D
     
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    except that the people who are making missiles are the same folks who are building the lasers... so its not really in their economic best interest to do so... :)
     
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    While this didn't shoot at a ground target, it did hit a moving target while in flight.
     
  24. Tilpots thread starter macrumors 601

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    While that technology sounds promising, I'm a little concerned that it has to hit the ICBM shortly after launch. These 747's would either have to be in the air at all times or spread throughout the globe, ready to go in a heartbeat.

    Sounds like this aircraft should be due for a test by the end of this year. I wonder if we'll hear the results?
     
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    new weapon technology and usa :O, lets see how many times they miss and hit themselves :p
     

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