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Laser weapon to be developed.

RoundTower

Midshipman
I do hope some headroom for this has been factored into the Type 45 power improvement works ;)

I saw a video a couple of years ago of the USN testing a laser, shooting down a UAV at close range and shooting up a RHIB. If the thing is in testing with the RN mid-20s, how long before there's a workable UK CIWS? Surely the Yanks are going to have something long ahead of us?
 

SONAR-BENDER

War Hero
Umm, please correct me if I'm wrong (I was once, 1987 I think it was!) but didn't we used to have a laser-pilot-eye-dazzling-device that was subsequently deemed to be outside the Geneva Convention or some such? It was OK to vapourise the plane and pilot with any other weapon system, but not to dazzle them....?

No comments about chavs at the end of runways with laser pens!
 

redmonkey

Lantern Swinger
Book Reviewer
Umm, please correct me if I'm wrong (I was once, 1987 I think it was!) but didn't we used to have a laser-pilot-eye-dazzling-device that was subsequently deemed to be outside the Geneva Convention or some such? It was OK to vapourise the plane and pilot with any other weapon system, but not to dazzle them....?

No comments about chavs at the end of runways with laser pens!

I am sure we sent one down south in 82 but never had the opportunity to use it.
Will try and find a reference.
 

Ballistic

War Hero
I am pretty sure we had one on HMS Manchester ,cooled by a hose from the Firemain.Up the gulf.

There were a few ships that were fitted to mount the weapon. They required, as you say, cooling from the firemain and an electrical supply to power the laser.
My team at FMG wired in a power connection on one of the Leanders while the ME's on the team created a by-pass connection from the firemain for cooling.

I never saw the weapon itself though.
 

SONAR-BENDER

War Hero
Well I was a bit right! From Google (and there is a bit more), so what are the implicationsfor this new weapon? OK to vapourise then?

Blinding laser weapons are defined under international law as laser weapons 'specifically designed, as their sole combat function or as one of their combat functions, to cause permanent blindness to unenhanced vision, that is to the naked eye or to the eye with corrective eyesight devices'. Their use is prohibited under the 1995 Protocol on Blinding Laser Weapons.

So somebody REALLY needs to tell the chavs at the end of various runways!
 
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