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  • No Wants to 'OWN' the Laser Cannon

    RetPara Note: From Strategy Page.... JM&J... Someone needs to stand up and take control of this damn thing... Just think of the psychlogical warefare uses of this!!!!!

    The U.S. Army has built and tested a humvee equipped with a laser gun turret that can quickly destroy unexploded munitions and roadside bombs. The system, called Zeus-HLONS (HMMWV Laser Ordnance Neutralization System), uses an industrial solid state laser, normally used to cut metal, but can also ignite explosives up to 300 meters away. Normally, engineers have to approach such munitions (shells, cluster bombs aircraft bombs) or roadside bombs, place explosives next to it, then move away, trailing a detonator wire behind them, and then set off the explosive to destroy the bomb or unexploded munitions. Using the Zeus laser is a lot cheaper (a few cents per laser shot) and safer than the traditional method. Zeus is particularly useful when you have an area with a lot of unexploded munitions just lying about. The munitions are often unstable, meaning that just picking them up could set them off. The Zeus system can be fired up to 2,000 times a day. Last year, a Zeus-HLONS was sent to Afghanistan for six months last year, where it destroyed 200 items, including 51 in one 100 minute period.

    However, Zeus is currently stuck in development because no one in the army wants to "own" it and pay for manufacturing it. While destroying unexploded munitions is an engineering task, Zeus-HLONS was developed by the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command. Development is continuing, including the use of a more powerful laser. One thing the engineers would like to see is some way for Zeus to destroy buried munitions and land mines. But the laser cannot penetrate earth very effectively. As things stand now, Zeus-HLONS will remain on the sidelines until someone decides it's important enough to spend money on and adopt as another item of equipment.

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    I find this sad, here we have a great resource to explore and we're not using it.
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    • #3
      Thanks for that tip, RP. Looks like there's a story there, and since I live right next door to the Redstone Arsenal, mayhaps I'll go see what I can find about ZEUS.
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      • #4
        Wait a moment - someone's built a Laser Cannon and I haven't been told?

        Dr. S.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Doctor Sinister
          Wait a moment - someone's built a Laser Cannon and I haven't been told?

          Dr. S.
          Doctor, didn't you have something called the "Allan Parson's Project" on the Moon? Or am I thinking of someone else???

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Brian King
            Doctor, didn't you have something called the "Allan Parson's Project" on the Moon? Or am I thinking of someone else???

            Wrong Doctor I'm afraid. I was around long before that charlatan showed up on our screens. Grrrrr.......

            Dr. S.
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            • #7
              Yes, Dr., someone has already built a "laser" and forgot to send you the memo. You'll have to come up with a new blackmail scheme... I'm sure you can think of something
              If voting could really change things, it would be illegal.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by chrisvalla
                Yes, Dr., someone has already built a "laser" and forgot to send you the memo. You'll have to come up with a new blackmail scheme... I'm sure you can think of something
                How about thermonuclear devices buried in geological fault lines under the ocean and detonated by this mauve*-coloured button I've got on my desk?

                Dr. S.

                * Red buttons are so passe, the Focus Group decided that Mauve would be a much nicer colour.

                PS - Sorry for totally ruining this thread.
                Imagine a ball of iron, the size of the sun. And once a year a tiny sparrow brushes its surface with the tip of its wing. And when that ball of iron, the size of the sun, is worn away to nothing, your punishment will barely have begun.

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                • #9
                  this all sounds very remeniscent of that crappy final fantasy movie.....

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Doctor Sinister
                    How about thermonuclear devices buried in geological fault lines under the ocean and detonated by this mauve*-coloured button I've got on my desk?

                    Dr. S.

                    * Red buttons are so passe, the Focus Group decided that Mauve would be a much nicer colour.

                    PS - Sorry for totally ruining this thread.
                    It's alright, you gave me a hell of a good laugh!!
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                    • #11
                      Doh! The dreaded mauve-button!
                      If voting could really change things, it would be illegal.

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                      • #12
                        Wait a moment - someone's built a Laser Cannon and I haven't been told?
                        Accually,I really did have to look and see who started this thread.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Doctor Sinister
                          Wait a moment - someone's built a Laser Cannon and I haven't been told?Dr. S.
                          Oh, yeah like YOU haven't got one! What a laugh!
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Janos
                            Oh, yeah like YOU haven't got one! What a laugh!
                            I told you to keep that quiet!

                            Dr. S.
                            Imagine a ball of iron, the size of the sun. And once a year a tiny sparrow brushes its surface with the tip of its wing. And when that ball of iron, the size of the sun, is worn away to nothing, your punishment will barely have begun.

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                            • #15
                              I would like to apologize to anyone who may have misread my previous post and who may think that Doctor S. has a laser cannon or any similar weapon. Of course, nothing could be further from Dr. Sinister's mind. His goal is to enoble mankind and advance our culture to a higher level -- worthy goals for all of us to support.

                              Doctor S does not have a laser cannon, and I want everyone to know that.

                              JS



                              PS - OK, Dr. S, can I have my kids back now?
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