Weaknesses of American Laser Weapons Named


The use of combat lasers is very limited. This was stated by military expert Konstantin Sivkov, who named the weaknesses of the American laser weapon, Test which was recently held by the US Navy.


It should be noted that before this, the Pentagon demonstrated how the tests were carried out in the Pacific Ocean, not far from the Pearl Harbor military base. The Americans installed a solid state laser weapon system (Solid State Laser Weapons System Demonstrator) aboard the USS Portland landing ship dock (LPD-27, San Antonio class) and shot down an unmanned aerial vehicle with it. Now Sivkov commented on the American video for RIA News".

For modern laser weapons, ideal weather conditions are necessary, which are extremely rare in the sea, so the possibilities of laser weapons in a naval war are currently extremely limited

- considers Sivkov.

In his opinion, combat lasers can only be used under certain conditions, and only to disable various optoelectronic systems. Laser weapons cannot be used effectively to destroy air targets.


He noted that a demonstration video of the US military was filmed in the southern latitudes under ideal weather conditions. The expert emphasized that only in such circumstances can an unmanned aerial vehicle or other flying aerial target be shot down. But such weather conditions simply do not exist in the northern latitudes.

Sivkov explained that splashing waves and even a little haze or cloudiness reduce the effectiveness of laser weapons, since the beam has the properties of scattering. The expert added that since the beam in the video shown was aimed at the drone for a considerable period of time, the laser's energy efficiency is rather low.

In addition, the drone absolutely did not oppose the impact of the beam. So it’s not necessary to say at all that the Americans will be able to shoot down Russian ICBMs with this laser weapon, which need to be affected for a much longer period of time than the indicated drone.
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  1. Dmitry S. Offline
    Dmitry S. (Dmitry Sanin) 24 May 2020 17: 24
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    So all this has been known for a long time, as well as the fact that in space you can’t indulge with the laser too much - the working fluid will burn out - it’s warm, because in a vacuum there’s nowhere to dissipate ...
  2. Arkharov Offline
    Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 24 May 2020 18: 05
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    But Sivkov did not say that similar problems exist only with American laser weapons? In other countries, the laws of physics are different?
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      shadow 24 May 2020 18: 27
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      Physics is one, only everyone knows it differently.
      1. Cyril Offline
        Cyril (Kirill) 25 May 2020 07: 18
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        You don’t even know, for example.
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          shadow 25 May 2020 13: 44
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          Enlighten, or can you throw jaundice only?))))
      2. Arkharov Offline
        Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 25 May 2020 14: 58
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        Physics is one, only everyone knows it differently.

        It seems that in your example, with your judgments, you are right here. For the first time I'll put a plus.
  3. Bakht Offline
    Bakht (Bakhtiyar) 24 May 2020 19: 07
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    Once I read Norman Mailer’s book, Star Wars of America. Much has been written there about the Livermore Laboratory and how young scientists created a nuclear-pumped laser. For the Star Wars program. Interesting reading. Fiction, of course. But in more detail - huge energy is required even in a vacuum. Otherwise, it could not have cost 200 kilotons of nuclear weapons.
    Of course, there is progress in everything. Including in the study of laser technology. But the fundamental difficulties (absorption by the medium, beam scattering, lack of energy) at the moment seem to have not been overcome.
  4. Dmitry S. Offline
    Dmitry S. (Dmitry Sanin) 24 May 2020 19: 33
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    By the way, a nuclear-pumped laser is disposable.
    1. Bakht Offline
      Bakht (Bakhtiyar) 24 May 2020 23: 10
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      Of course. After a nuclear explosion of 200 kilotons, it is unlikely that it can be used again. :-)
  5. Winnie Offline
    Winnie (Winnie) 10 June 2020 10: 10
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    And only above Peresvet there is always a clear sky. lol
  6. Netyn Online
    Netyn (Netyn) 17 June 2020 14: 26
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    Quote: Arkharov
    Do American Laser Weapons Only Have Similar Problems?

    Of course yes. We have solved this problem in the Union.