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Boeing wants more government contracts, and it thinks lasers are the way to get them. The company's Laser Avenger system is something it whipped together in eight short months, and it's pretty impressive. Mounted on a retrofitted anti-aircraft Humvee, the setup is being demonstrated as a way to zap IEDs from a distance, neutralizing them before the convoys and patrols they target ever rumble by. Its 1kw laser beam causes near-instantaneous detonation of the munitions its been used on so far, and Boeing's also hinting that it might just work as an anti-aircraft weapon, too. Trucks with laser guns might be a lot closer than you think.

[Source: Popular Mechanics via Instapundit]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Has anyone play Command & Conquer Generals - Zero Hour?

      This vehicle is in that game. It is a Hummer with lasers on top. It was made to paint enemy targets with lasers and could also function as anti-aiircraft, shooting down air targets with lasers. Also, it was called the Avenger. The game came out in 2004, I think.

      Weird.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Is it just me or does that hummer look like it is maxed out on it weight capaticty?
        • 7 Years Ago
        you'd be surprised how much they can carry, and I'm pretty sure the new ones (more heavily armored) weigh more than this one.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Kinda seems like this whole apparatus would be really, really fragile, and would be a prime target for enemies.

      But all that aside, laser HMMWVs have been deployed in Iraq since 2006.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ZEUS-HLONS_(HMMWV_Laser_Ordnance_Neutralization_System)
      • 7 Years Ago
      I bet that gets crappy gas mileage.
        • 7 Years Ago
        LOL
        • 7 Years Ago
        I'm just waiting for that idiot to come up with the "we need this as a plug in hybrid like the prius... go to gag.org or some bs..."
        • 7 Years Ago
        Diesel Mileage.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Mr. Oak - the word you are looking for is 'preventive,' 'preventative' is not a real word.

      The F-15 was designed for a 30 year life cycle (actually 30 years of average flight hours) which is approaching for many aircraft. The contract for the F-15 was signed in the 60s. That is why the F-22 is coming on line.

      You have to pick a better example. Their are no more F-15 flights due to Iraq than there would be if all they flew were training sorties.

      for the Navy pukes:
      http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/military_law/4231461.html

      for the AF(had a friend on this program at Edwards):
      http://www.fas.org/spp/starwars/program/abl.htm
      • 6 Years Ago
      I bought a green laser pointer form http://www.highlasers.com.
      Pretty good. Awesome!
      • 7 Years Ago
      is one kW really that much for a laser? a space heater uses more power than that.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Pretty hard to tell how powerful this laser is from the little information provided here or in the Popular Mechanics article since the destructive power of a laser varies greatly based upon if its pulsed or constant, the beam width, and the distance to the target. But I don't see why it couldn't easily punch through the skin of an IED to set off the explosives. Another article mentioned it was a solid state laser which would lower its power consumption significantly and likely negate the giant trailer someone mentioned.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Depends on how focused the beam is, and laser beams are highly focused. Think of it this way: sunlight may not be that hot, but focused under a microscope, it could set matches or ants on fire.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I wonder how effective this would be with IED’s. I wish, I so wasn’t so skeptical about Corporations. My belief is to be wary when it comes to Corporation, whether it is in a time of war or not. Profit is their main goal.

      I’ve heard of our soldiers effectively using improvised devices (home appliances) to detect and set-off IED’s in front of Military Convoys. I guess they’ve had to make things that this President and his Administration and Past/Present Congress won’t provide them with or are (5yrs after Mission Accomplished) still testing. Talk about supporting our troops.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is pathetic propaganda because this is only a non production prototype vehicle and you don't exactly see the huge power supply tractor trailer needed to provide power. Also in US Army test the laser did not instantaneously zap anything, but instead must be fired for 30-45 seconds to be effective. As for using this against IED's is insane because it and it's huge tractor trailer would be the IED's target.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Ok, well, this thing would zap IEDs from a good distance away, keeping it's convoy safe. Stop being so negative about everything. Its a very interesting technology that solves a problem, and I haven't seen anything about a trailer-sized power unit, so provide some proof or shut up.
        • 7 Years Ago
        In one post you assert that America is free country and people should be able to say what they want, and now you just told someone they should shut up because they are "being negative" by disagreeing with you. Does free speech only apply to you?
      • 7 Years Ago
      These might work better now. I know KITT found it effective against Goliath, but 20 years have passed, so its three shot limit has probably been overcome.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Can I get one of these on top of my F150 to zap cars outta my way in rush hour traffic?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Next up from Boeing: Frikkin' shark with a frikkin' laser on its head.
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