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Cool but most ships aren't made out of plastic.......What can this laser do to metal?
Make it radio a submarine.
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post #112 of 119
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Make me wonder why we even bother recycling cars when on the other end of the production chain we just dump thousands of tons of metal into the oceans.
Hey the fish are overpopulating too. Gotta give them good homes to live in. Or do you want them living in your doorway peein on your mothers plants?

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ha.. Slow.
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E-5.

You sunk my inflatable raft.
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Those were two perfectly good 200 horse Mercs.
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post #116 of 119
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the quote makes it sound a lot more exciting than it really is.

I went into the video expecting a 5-foot wide beam to envelop the craft and gradually melt the plastic but they just aimed at the engine housing until it was on fire.
Same.

I was expecting some kind of orbital laser to come down and disintegrate the ship. Damn you sci-fi movies for corrupting my view of the modern day!
     
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Archimedes and mythbusters would be so damn proud.
    
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Well since ship-to-ship combat is now entirely BVR, this won't be used vs. another warship's hull structure. Rather, it would be used in harbor patrol, light craft interdiction (anti-piracy, for instance), and anti-air/anti-missile defense roles.

The real technological demonstration here is being able to keep the laser on target through wave action, not the energy output.

I don't know about that. When I was in the Navy back in the early-mid 80's we were able to keep guns on target during some pretty massive waves. Similar technology that allows tanks to track and shoot target while moving over hills and such. Actually it is also similar to the mounts used on high end cameras to prevent bouncing and other movements.


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Make me wonder why we even bother recycling cars when on the other end of the production chain we just dump thousands of tons of metal into the oceans.
The USS Fletcher was sunk at that specific spot to create an artificial reef. It helps restore the underwater habitat partially destroyed by a storm. Of course that IS the official NAVY response...

LOL!
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the quote makes it sound a lot more exciting than it really is.

I went into the video expecting a 5-foot wide beam to envelop the craft and gradually melt the plastic but they just aimed at the engine housing until it was on fire.
I would think it is so that they don't have to kill the people they can just kill their motor
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