Wednesday, May 04, 2011

The U.S. Navy destroys a boat with new high-energy laser and ship splintering rail gun: Target Iran

In an undated photo supplied by Lockheed Martin, an Aegis-equipped destroyer launches a missile, using hit-to-kill technology to intercept and destroy short- and medium-range ballistic missiles.

The US Navy recently performed its first test of its new HEL system, destroying a small boat in a matter of moments. We've got the video above. The Navy has begun field testing early versions of its high-energy laser (HEL).

This concept of fighting with rail guns that fire non explosive projectiles at supersonic speeds to put holes in ships 100 miles away and destroy their munitions at the same time and firing lasers to destroy the engines of small boats to disable them is at first glance a concept strange and hard to comprehend in an environment of today's high tech weapons.

However make no mistake, these weapons are very high tech, still under design, and geared towards an enemy and location we will be facing in the future. It is no coincidence that these weapons were tested at the same time the military tested its most challenging test yet of its ballistic missile defense system, blasting an incoming target out of the skies over the Pacific Ocean.

I remember in 2009 when Obama first announced he was scrapping Bush's missile defense system that did not work other than to instigate war for the Aegis system used on land or water to go after land or water fired intermediate-range missile's. This was the first successful test of a land fired missile from a ship. Of course defending against Iran in the future is the announced goal. Iran can already reach Europe. US Military Successfully Tests Missile Defense System

That said, at the same time we test the high energy laser successfully its goal to be soon on every navy vessel in order to be fired from the ship at the motors of small boats setting them on fire thus disabling them rendering them useless and dead in the water. Supposedly the HEL would come of use against pirates but it is no surprise that Iran banks heavily on its use of small high powered boats in the Gulf.

These Lasers are designed to take them out of the equation. It is no surprise that both Bush and Iran with the IRG (Iran Revolutionary Guard) did everything possible to instigate war and it was only because cooler heads prevailed that they were not successful in this endeavor. There were many provocations as you may remember by fast boats just like the one taken out in the video above. We now have a defense against them albeit still being tested and soon will be many times more powerful. The U.S. Navy destroys a boat with new high-energy laser

I had no idea there was even such a thing as a rail gun but they list it as an enemy of the laser so we have to learn more about them and build a successful one. I had no idea there was even such a thing as a rail gun but they list it as an enemy of the laser so we have to learn more about them and build a successful one. I have to imagine Iran has one or can get their hands on one.

A railgun is a projectile device that, via a combination of electrical impulses and magnetic fields, can send a non-explosive projectile vast distances with excessive force. They are extremely high-tech, high-efficiency cannons. In this case, the technology allows the projectiles being fired to break the speed of sound, I have heard up to 8 times the speed of sound. This allows the gun to have a range of approximately 100 miles. To lend that some context, the Navy’s current artillery has a range of only 12 miles but I have read up to 26 miles. Either way this is a formidable weapon and perfect for the Gulf against Iran!

The current design fired a projectile at 33 megajoules. Megajoules are a way of measuring kinetic energy; A ton up to a 100 miles at up to 8 times the speed of sound that is formidable! These devices are designed to put gigantic holes in enemy ships while simultaneously destroying enemy munitions in the process — causing damage of a previously unachievable scope. Navy punches through records with ship-splintering railgun

It is only a matter of time before we at the very least have a "confrontation" with Iran. I always figured it would come from the Gulf as Gates said the navy as of yet is not over extended. their primary navy weapon seems for now to be those high powered boats. We seem to be building a defense and offense capable of handling a confrontation with Iran and the IRG. I find that troubling but it is worsened because we are getting ourselves into a war with our 3rd Muslim Nation we do not need a 4th.

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma


Ranch Chimp said...

Ranch Style Greeting's Jim!

This was an interesting piece for me, because I dont know jack about this stuff, but would love to have a gun with a hundred mile range! :) So what are you tellin us Jim? .... Iran is next? with all the crap we got going(?), and now Pakistan is mad (good, I never liked them anywayz, and sure as Hell dont feel like continueing this bloody $1.5 billion annual care package to them) you damn straight were gonna need some tech's though. Back a few year's ago I was talking/ writing about how it would be easy in tough economic time's for enemies to take advantage, gand up on us, and run our military personel thin, etc, etc. I dont even like nuke's Jim ... but since so many have them and we do ... I sware if it was up to me (which it will never be) and any of these countries even attempted to shoot off some at our allies, us, or even sell wolf ticket's ... I would use everything I could to take em out ... that's just me ... it's not personal either Jim ... it's not based on race, culture, territories, etc ... I hate em all equally. You know Jim ... I been telling folk's for year's that we dont belong in these place's, and that we have very strong cultural difference's as well, which lead's to conflict's ... I been called a racist by some because of my way of thinking, but I just think like an animal Jim ... that's all I am, and my thinking is that I help those in my tribe/ pack first and stay out of other's business is all. But back to the posting Jim ... interesting read.

Brought back some old memories ... back when I was into printing/ graphic's ... Lockheed/ Martin was one of my major account's, and I been to their place quite a few time's for the company, we have a fairly large plant or division right here in the Metroplex of them, quite a huge place too.

an average patriot said...

Hi RC! No you're good to go. I woun't link you to death but we gave both Iran and Paskistan their nuclear start in a 1950s program called atoms for peace Well just one and it gets worse but I'll leave it alone.

Demeur said...

Sadly for every offense there is a defense. I'm sure the Navy has thought of that when they developed these weapons.
For the laser it's just a matter of putting cheap mirrors around crucial parts of the boat thereby sending the beam in another direction.
The downfall of the Iranian regime will come when those who support those in power are left with little or nothing. I think that's what has happened in the Middle East. Even those loyal supporters questioned what they were getting out of the deal. I understand unless you're high up in the military over there then the retirement isn't anything to write home about.

an average patriot said...

You are right Demeur! They were thinking about it when they perfected the laser. They are going to have one on every vessel. That is why they are perfecting the the rail splinter. They say they are for the pirates but they are the perfect answer to Iran's unique threat in the gulf. No coincidence!

Ranch Chimp said...

Thanx for the "Atoms for Peace" link ... another I havent read before. But I reckon Iran or Pakistan isnt what it was in the 1950's either, eh? The shit is just too deep Pardna! :)

an average patriot said...

Oh Yeah there is a shit load RC and i have it and have used it numerous times. Things are not as they seem and if you request I will load you with facts but is not I will shut up.

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