Published: March 2, 2016
Source: Counter Current News
Army for Research and Technology deputy assistant secretary Mary J. Miller said to a House of Representatives subcommittee, that there are currently tests “to determine the full capabilities” of this type of laser weaponry.
He was optimistic that military and special police units could have these weapons deployed as soon as 2023.
Laser weapons were “first invented back in 1960, lasers work by making huge numbers of atoms emit light particles called photons, which all have the same wavelength,” the pop science site IFLScience notes.
“In contrast to visible light, which comprises unrelated photons of multiple wavelengths, lasers emit ‘coherent’ photons, allowing the laser beam to stay narrow over a long distance,” they continue. “This allows the beam to focus an enormous amount of energy on a single spot, leading to their emergence as the weapon of choice for many science-fiction writers.”
While there are already lasers “in a number of everyday appliances such as CD readers, the energy required to generate laser beams powerful enough to destroy a target is so great that it has so far proven impossible to develop any practical weapons using the technology.”
That is, such weapons exist, and are even easily purchasable on the internet, but they require a large power supply, and are far from portable, or easy to carry and wield as a weapon.
By the mid-’90s, the U.S. Air Force tried to create a laser weapon that would use energy from a chemical reaction as its main power source. They discovered that they needed such huge quantities of these chemicals that the weapon was simply not realistic for anyone to carry.
That hurtle is really the only thing preventing these types of weapons from being outfitted in SWAT and special forces teams. Once that obstacle is overcome, an entirely new class of dangerous weapons will be born, and the State will seemingly have a monopoly on them.
Recently, there has been huge signifcant progress made using coiled optical fibers, to amplify the power emitted by electrical inputs. This has allowed high amounts of energy to be generated within a compact unit, like what such weapons would need to be fashioned into.
As a result, both the U.S. Air Force and Navy have already deployed a working laser cannon aboard one of its warships in the Arabian Gulf.
They claim it is capable of shooting down drones and zapping small boats.