November 19th, 2008

Anhinga, snakebird

Laser weapons are here

Northrop Grumman says its new 15kW FIRESTRIKE continuous fire solid-state laser is ready for orders by US military services.

A 400lb relatively compact device, can be combined into a 100kW battery, continuous run-time as long as power and coolant are provided, "designed as a line replaceable unit (LRU) for battlefield applications".

"Energy efficiency for Northrop's chains is supposedly in the 20 per cent region. This suggests that a full-bore 100kW battle ray will weigh about 1.5 tonnes and require half a megawatt of power.. within the ballpark for modern combat vehicles." Collapse )