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January 26, 2007: It had to happen eventually. The American Northrop Grumman Corporation has just opened the first ray-gun factory. Officially, the plant will build high-energy, solid-state lasers and figure out how to install them in military vehicles. The first weapon being produced is the JHPSSL (Joint High-Power Solid State Laser), a 100 kW solid-state laser. The JHPSSL is to be mounted on armored vehicles and in aircraft. JHPSSL is basically an anti-aircraft and anti-missile system. It has already demonstrated that it can destroy artillery and mortar shells, as well as rockets and cruise missiles. Israel is interested in using JHPSSL as part of its rocket defense system. Ray guns have long been a staple of science fiction, and when the first lasers appeared in the 1950s, science fiction writers just assumed that many of their ray guns were "lasers." All this is not quite science fiction any more, mainly because it will take another decade or so before you have a hand held laser.

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dll2000       1/26/2007 10:43:51 AM
How about a satellite based laser that can vaporize human targets from space?  (Real Genius scenario)  You could also put lasers on those unmanned drones they use for surveillance in Afghanistan and Iraq.  Bad guy comes into view, identified and zap!
People would have to start wearing mirrors on their heads, although that would make for nice shiny bombing and sniper targets.  Not to mention they would look ridiculous.
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Herald1234    Not to mock.   1/26/2007 12:28:23 PM">

But even that would make nonsense of the proposal.


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dll2000       1/26/2007 2:19:37 PM
Scroll down the slide show.  Toward the end of their demonstration the demonstraters all started, inexplicably, putting tin foil on their heads and making it into hats.
You just cant parody some people.
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dll2000       1/26/2007 5:29:14 PM
I dont know why this site never links to its sources, but here is a link.
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