On August 13th the Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and Chicago-based Boeing International announced a test of their joint Airborne Laser (ABL) missile defense system, which “successfully tracked and hit the mark earlier this month during its first in-flight test against an instrumented target missile.” Continue reading
(AFP) – A US weapons lab on Friday pulled back the curtain on a super laser with the power to burn as hot as a star. Continue reading
The Israeli military holds its most extensive nationwide drill, signaling its intentions for a possible attack on Iran which they admit can ignite an all-out war in the region. Continue reading
Most confusing briefing ever? Not just. It’s also a sketch of Pentagon far-out research arm Darpa’s plan to track down and tag “elusive targets” — adversaries who can move, hide and blend in with cluttered environments. And that means more than just next-generation sensors that can penetrate foliage or peer inside “urban canyons.” It means stitching together information collected by different sensors to track a moving object. Continue reading
Things are really beginning to heat up in the field of laser weapons. The giant Airborne Laser is finally gearing up for real-life, missile-zapping tests. New solid-state lasers like Raytheon’s Phalanx can already shoot down mortar rounds. Now, Darpa is weighing in with an yet another technology: HELLADS or “High Energy Liquid Laser Area Defense System.” Weaponeer Textron will get $21 million in Darpa bucks “to design, fabricate and test a Unit Cell Module for a 150 kilowatt (kW) Laser Weapon System,” according to a company press release.
As you’d expect from Darpa, the new laser is aiming for quantum leap, with a power-to-weight ratio ten times better than existing laser systems. The end product will be the size of a large refrigerator and weight of 1650 pounds. And a hundred and fifty kilowatts is real weapons-grade, compared to existing solid state lasers which still zap in the tens of kilowatts.