Fire The Laser!!

30 Aug

I can’t hear the word ‘laser’ without thinking about Dr. Evil yelling, “Fire The Laser!”

Well, the Navy has done it.  Conveniently released shortly before the Chinese announced the creation of a carrier killer missile, the U.S. Navy revealed, back in May, that it had successfully splashed an aircraft using a laser (estimated power of 50kw).

The article from reports this on July 20 and shortly thereafter the Chinese announced their carrier killer on August 5th.

Sounds like the U.S. Armed Forces knew the Chinese announcement was coming and quietly released the laser success.  Every time I hear about the latest scary weapon from the Soviets, I mean Russians, and the Chinese, I remind myself of a few things:

  • We have TV shows about Future Weapons.
  • Our Future Weapons are generally better than the best the enemy has.
  • We have secret programs that have created the next generation of weapons that are not declassified for use on the Future Weapons show
  • We have even more clandestine programs creating future generations of such weapon

There are very few things that the U.S. Government does right, but one of them is to allow the military to build weapons to protect ourselves and our armed forces.


Posted by on August 30, 2010 in Military


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2 responses to “Fire The Laser!!

  1. Doug Edelman

    August 31, 2010 at 8:45 am

    Not to be a downer… but while I fully agree with most of what you wrote, I must also point out:

    I used to work on the Army’s Future Combat Systems program. Very impressive and ambitious program to modernize the Army and to incorporate cutting edge techologies. But this program was SLASHED by the Obama Administration – effectively CANCELLED though a remnant continues to limp on. Our future capabilities are being UNDERCUT by this administration!

    • bbollmann

      August 31, 2010 at 9:07 am

      Yeah, late yesterday I was thinking about a previous post about tonight’s Obama speech where I posited that he will probably take the opportunity to slash defense spending.

      Slashing already in progress? Not surprised.


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