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Personal logo StoneMtnMinis Supporting Member of TMP19 Mar 2017 8:30 a.m. PST
Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP19 Mar 2017 11:47 a.m. PST

Yes : link link

Personal logo Andrew Walters Supporting Member of TMP19 Mar 2017 3:33 p.m. PST

TL 8 at last.

Oberlindes Sol LIC19 Mar 2017 9:00 p.m. PST

I cannot wait for my air/raft.

badger2220 Mar 2017 2:17 a.m. PST

According to those, maybe 10 more years. But we will see

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP20 Mar 2017 8:21 a.m. PST

Sorry. Couldn't help it:



doug redshirt20 Mar 2017 11:30 a.m. PST

That will save us so much money. When lasers become more common it will be too dangerous to use planes on the battlefield. Thus no need to bother keeping up the plane arm rest.

I did read one sci-fi story were ground based lasers eliminated air warfare. The only planes left were stealth aircraft that fly at the upper layers of the atmosphere and did ground surveillance.

Pontifex20 Mar 2017 5:41 p.m. PST

The entire premise of Hammer's Slammers and its tanks is based on that concept – that the series' powerguns are so powerful and accurate that any aircraft that can be seen… is scrap.

Lion in the Stars21 Mar 2017 10:52 a.m. PST

Way back in the 1980s during the SDI tests, we proved that you need roughly 25 megajoules of energy to blow up a missile. Any missile, since the laser was tested against both a Titan ICBM and a TOW ATGM. Took a 5 megawatt laser 5 seconds to blow up either one.

Charlie 1221 Mar 2017 7:24 p.m. PST

Took a 5 megawatt laser 5 seconds to blow up either one.

And the trick is getting that 5 seconds. Reality? Not very likely. So you need to up the energy delivered. And that's where the hard part lies…

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