US Navy Successfully Tested Laser Weapon That Can Destroy Aircraft Mid-Flight (Videos)

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The US Navy’s amphibious transport dock ship USS Portland has successfully tested a new high-energy laser weapon that can destroy aircraft mid-flight, the Navy’s Pacific Fleet said in a statement May 22.

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  • Thomas Osa Jeng

    Does Russia have a countermeasure

    • Fog of War

      Yes. Lots of talk about needing to deal with their ” partners ” and strong words about the Zios encroaching on their borders.

    • occupybacon
    • Wayne Nicholson

      Fog? rain? clouds? haze? About once a decade the USA funds a laser weapons prototype and every time it’s abandoned because laser weapons only work in ideal atmospheric conditions and the atmospheric conditions at sea are never ideal. Combat aircraft today operate at standoff ranges well out of range of lasers.

      You can get more range out of a laser by using more power however your returns in range diminish exponentially in that it take more and more power to get smaller and smaller returns and few naval vessels can generate the kind of power necessary to run laser weapons let alone fire at the speed to take out a volley of missiles fired at them.

      On top of that objects travelling through the atmosphere at hypersonic speed fly so fast they generate a plasma bubble around them that lasers can’t penetrate. This makes them useless against hypersonic cruise missiles and ballistic warheads.

      So if you had a platform with a huge generator (nuclear) you could probably shoot down a volley of missiles at close range provided they were sub hypersonic speed in ideal weather conditions. Gatling guns do the same job in all weather and can be mounted on the deck of any ship so do you throw money down the laser sinkhole or use the simpler but effective weapons you already have?

      BTW physics is the same for everyone on this planet so Russian and Chinese laser weapons won’t work either despite propaganda claims.

    • cechas vodobenikov

      laser tech is at least 70 years old—well known to Russian and Chinese scientists

  • Ilya

    Aircraft.. What kind of aircraft? Knowing the US, these aircraft will be miniature automated carrier pigeons, all for the coooool price of $2gorrillion a shot! (even though it’s a laser, and should be cheap per shot.. MIC gotta take the cream, the milk, the glass, and the glass making factory of course)

    • Icarus Tanović

      Godzillion.

      • occupybacon

        Russia can’t afford a single aircraft carrier.

      • cechas vodobenikov

        only backward idiots like the amerikans want irrelevant carriers—easily destroyed in 3 days by Russian or Chinese hypersonics from aircraft, subs or ships

    • Jens Holm

      The usual enemy rherotric by You.

      American stuff of course dont work and are hard for the American taxpayers too, so the whole United States will collapse next week again too and use Lebanese and Syria Liras for their inporoved future.

      They already take swimming leassons on the East Coast of USA. Hardly any Americans are leaft in Los Angelas and San Francisco.

      • MikeH

        “Hardly any Americans are leaft in Los Angelas and San Francisco.”

        You know that is factual, yes?

        • Superfly

          California belongs to Mexico historically.

          • Bill Wilson

            It never belonged to Mexico.

          • Zionism = EVIL

            IGNORANT DUMBASS LOL

            The area today known as California became a part of Mexico in 1821 following its successful war for independence but was ceded to the United States in 1848 after the Mexican–American War. The western portion of Alta California was then organized and admitted as the 31st state on September 9, 1850.

          • Ashok Varma

            Sadly you are posting without the benefit of even a high school education. Most of present day “United States” is on stolen land and a result of genocide, violence, racism, slavery and wars. All of the southern states from Texas to California were part of Mexico. Some of them even still retain their original name like NEW MEXICO. Arizona and New Mexico along with Texas were some of the last areas to be forcibly stolen from Mexico.

          • cechas vodobenikov

            Colorado and florida true—however most southern states were French—forcibly stolen under the guise of the “Louisiana purchase”

          • Jens Holm

            Well, Yes and no Spain had it and Mexico belonged to Spain.

            Why are You a child not able to do any factschecking??? Typical muslim or Russian world. You only are told and obey and believe.

          • cechas vodobenikov

            r u this stupid?

          • Ashok Varma

            Most Americans are dumb and ignorant and have not talked to a rational person. They wallow in their own ignorance and hubris.

        • Jens Holm

          A tupicvaqllack in Your language is visuel. I write people in western ÚSA go east to emmigrate.

      • Ilya

        Gotta point out the comedy when there is comedy. Hard to joke about Russian tech cause it’s actually functional, and at a decent price!

        • Jens Holm

          I dont tal Russian tech dow. YOU talk it up and YOU talk all enemy stuff DOWN.

          You are not sober.

          If Our world really was even near as You descriebe it, we would have collapsed not even able to regain.

          And another one is, You never compare. You just say russian stuff pr definition is the best.

          Much like You think winning in rethorics wit no brain behind wins war.

    • occupybacon

      USA could chocke Russia just by spilling money on it.

      • Superfly

        English por favor.

    • Zionism = EVIL

      Americunt dumbassses are liars and full of shit, they are dying like rabid dogs and can’t even produce rubber gloves or masks let alone “laser weapons”, BTW the first Iranian super tanker just got inside the Venezuelan waters escorted by a destroyers and SU-30MKV without any incident. The other 4 Iranian tankers are a few hours behind.

      The first Iranian tanker has entered Venezuelan territorial waters after making the long journey from halfway across the world.

      According to the latest data from Marine Tracker, the Iranian tanker, the Fortune, is in Venezuelan territorial waters and very close to its intended destination.

      The Fortune is currently being escorted by the Venezuelan Navy’s PC-23 Yekuana as it approaches its destination near the island of Tobagoin the Caribbean Sea.

      Venezuelan Navy PC-23 Yekuana is now escortingthe Iranian tanker Fortune. Current position is around 70 miles out of Venezuela’s EEZ. The Yekuana is escorting 8 miles off the starboard side
      of the Fortune with two SU-30MKV flew overhead tipping their wings to the Iranians as a salute..

    • Superfly

      Any US claim should be taken with industrial size doses of salt. It is a bankrupt failed state.

    • Bobby Twoshoes

      It must be expensive, there wasn’t even money left over for an HD camera to film it.

  • John

    Not much to go on from the video.

    • Zionism = EVIL

      Just usual Hollywood props. Americunts have lost every war and then come up with this usual crap.

      • Assad must stay

        looks like it could have easily been made on a computer

        • Zionism = EVIL

          Yes, the dumbass stupid cunts now can’t afford good computer generated graphics so make up third rate fake achievements like the idiot Jew cunt Nutter Yahoo with totally laughable Iran drawings made by a retarded 5 year old :)

          https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/78a698058e37a97f47c7c3bcb747f4a24bb8c30b8af28ac822549290a814629a.jpg

          • Assad must stay

            hahahahha i remember that, it contains no technical data whatsoever, so stupid like nutty yahoo lol

          • Zionism = EVIL

            He is officially being tried for corruption, the stupid Zionist cunt used to buy $150,000 ice cream at US taxpayers expense, his ugly fat racist wife beat up black Falasha maids and stole dining room silver.

            JERUSALEM, Occupied Palestine: The corruption trial of Benjamin Netanyahu opens on Sunday in a Jerusalem court, where he will become the first serving Israeli prime minister to face numerous charges in a criminal prosecution, in a case which exposed the entrenched level of family corruption, involving is son and wife.

          • Assad must stay

            i hope so, i keep hearing he is getting arrested soon this and that but it never happens

          • Zionism = EVIL

            The whole Jew cunts system is rotten and corrupt top down, so don’t hold your breath my friend.

  • ke4ram

    Looked like they shot down a prop plane probably flying at 110 Knots. Then they held the beam on the a/c for 5-10 seconds before it finally went down. Wonder how many billions that cost?

    • Jens Holm

      Its probatly like that. They proove it soes work. I am no expert in this, but as I recall it the laser power is very difficult to spread out, so they have to be very accurate hitting the objekt.

      So we see a pilot projekts, which has potential.

      But as we see fx for computers, solarcells, batteries and windpower, the next generations actually can and will replace other systems.

      Not all is the laser itself, but the system around it does it.

      Most people do recall the cimputer was not full of invensions even there were several. The idea was making a mix making the PC and all the plugs and plays.

      Expensive: Yes. But sometimes its worth it.

      I also reflect that the ships might be attacked by several missiles at the same time.

  • Tommy Jensen

    Exactly as I predicted it. We have now laser weapon with photonic speed hitting any target in a precision strike in a split second. America is showing world leadership.

    • Zionism = EVIL

      Stupid idiot, Yep the deadbeat Americunt morons are showing a lot of world class “leadership” in how to beg and die in the streets as 120 million are jobless, homeless and hopeless. Dumbass pathetic troll.

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/74d247b9185af31980108fc281d7448b7081659d21aa22d04760ff319be2fa18.jpg

    • Superfly

      LOL

    • chris chuba

      Lasers, the dream way to save stocking ammo is an okay defense against drones. But using energy based weapon and keeping it trained on a hypersonic missile for 5 secs, a missile already designed with intense heat shielding, good luck with that.

  • Wayne Nicholson

    They don’t say what the range was and what the weather conditions were like. They also don’t say if the target aircrafts speed and direction were known to the laser operator.

    They’ve been able to do that with a laser since the 1980’s. The problem was that they couldn’t get a decent range out of the weapon because of atmospheric conditions in the skies over the ocean. Fog, haze and air currents cause the beam to bloom reducing it’s power.

    It’s also way easier to shoot down an aircraft if you know where to look.

  • Bobby Twoshoes

    17 seconds of flashy lights and an out of focus plane banking filmed on a potato, money well spent there. Who needs hypersonic missiles when you have an RC plane kit, some Christmas lights and a camera phone from 2006?

  • Brian Michael Bo Pedersen

    Dont forget the relative short range of lasers against surface targets due to the earth curvature and try using lasers, wich is nothing more than focused light/energy in a sky with clouds, rain or anything like that.

    Ive used lasers many times in the army, and if you cant literally see the target you cant “hit” it.
    And dont forget than anything near rain or mist immediately “kills” any focused energy.
    All the above was more than nailed home in Desert Storm, hence the expedited development off GPS/INS guided munition.

    Laser as a energyweapon, does not belong inside an atmosphere, it has to many limitations to be practical.

  • Ivan Freely

    That’s find an dandy but what about the effectiveness in poor weather conditions?

  • cechas vodobenikov

    more amerikan incompetence—lasers can easily be refracted and light spread with fake fog, and decoy drones worth 29$…all the toys in the world cannot😌 distract from amerikan cowardice and the history of defeat in all wars