The United States Navy readies itself to use invisible laser technology. This coming summer it will test its deployment of a laser weapon from the USS Ponce. The incredible feature of this latest weaponry by the United States Navy is a single sailor can set it off.
Threats from aerial drones and boats attempting to swarm a large vessel will be no threat when the Navy shoots them with an intense heat beam, taking care of the internal areas; while the rail guns with electro-magnetic firing capability with a GPS system to guide it, will send deadly force seven times the speed of sound.
The United States Navy could be, if we use this technology for war, saving taxpayers money. For instance, a Tomahawk missile depletes out military funds of $1.4 million dollars per use, whereas a laser, which can be used continuously, costs a few dollars.
This sounds like a win-win for the Navy, but they have some issues to work on. Lasers are not as effective if it is storming or the wind has picked up dust. An analyst from the defense department at the Lexington Institute, Loren Thompson, says the Navy has considered the weather and its changing condition. It says it has ways around this. Still though, the range would likely be not as far.
The Navy will test the invisible laser technology this summer, while the rail gun technology may be ready in two years time.
The United States Navy has a new destroyer under construction, which will have the capability of using this electro-magnetic gun. The $3.5 billion USS Zumwalt, which is under construction at Bath Iron Works in Maine, and its technology, will eventually be used for other vessels in the United States Navy. The ship will have turbine powered generators with enough zap to light a city, 78 megawatts, so that will be enough for the rail guns.
Presently, engineers are developing a battery storage system for warships already in the field.
Reportedly, this laser technology is ahead of schedule, that is ahead of other countries where it is being developed. The rail gun has a $240 million investment since 2005. Both systems will be cheap to operate.
The threats from drones and speed boats are crucial when trying to protect an area, especially in the Persian Gulf, where the Ponce will be floating. The Navy says it has the lasers figured out in inclement weather, but the rail guns require electricity and lots of it.
Some are likening this to ‘Star Wars’ as in the movies; this laser fired by the Navy can burn a target or fry the electronics to disable a threat. The Navy’s laser will be invisible and deployed by a single sailor. Where will all this take place? The Persian Gulf will be the location this summer for the laser test deployment by the United States Navy. The target will be hit with no notice by the human eye, but the damage will be seen as it smokes or disintegrates and becomes disabled.
By Kim Troike