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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP20 Jun 2018 9:31 p.m. PST

"The laser strikes follow reported incidents in Djibouti by Chinese military personnel.

Laser attacks against U.S. forces have spread out of Africa into the Pacific. U.S. personnel operating in the East China Sea area have been the victim of blinding laser attacks similar to those that took place earlier this year in Djibouti. The attacks, conducted with nonlethal lasers were reportedly carried out by Chinese nationals.

Earlier this year the Pentagon issued a NOTAM, or "Notice to Airmen" warning U.S. pilots of "unauthorized laser activity" resulting in injury to an unspecified number of U.S. personnel in the skies over Djibouti. The lasers originated on or very near China's first overseas military base, just 8.3 miles from the American base, and according to U.S. officials, Chinese nationals were involved. The U.S. issued a formal complaint to China, which denied the accusations…"
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Amicalement
Armand

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2018 1:26 a.m. PST

The mask is slowly coming off.

Dan

Stryderg21 Jun 2018 10:55 a.m. PST

It would be really expensive, but if a pilot gets blinded and bails out, then the fully stocked and armed plane 'accidentally' crashes into something important…with a really big fireball. Would the foolishness stop?

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2018 11:39 a.m. PST

It would be an extremely cheap way to cause a lot of damage.

Well, last year Xi Jinping told Vietnam that pointing lasers at his pilots and ships would be considered an act of war. I guess he is testing us to see if our leaders will view it the same way. He wants us to make the first move, so that the UN and the rest will take his side.

The Chinese started pointing their lasers at our pilots in Djibouti back in April, and now they are also doing the same to our men in the South and East China Seas:

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Dan

zoneofcontrol21 Jun 2018 12:26 p.m. PST

Everyone who wants to quadruple their import tariffs from $50 USDbillion to $200 USDbillion, go ahead and point a laser at a US vessel or plane.

Any takers? C'mon gals, raise your pointers!

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2018 4:28 p.m. PST

LOL.

Maybe it's time for us to pull out our giant "Acme" laser cannon.

Dan
PS. It probably says "Made in China" anyway.

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ScoutJock22 Jun 2018 6:08 a.m. PST

US aircrews have access to laser protective helmet visors and glasses. Really good for protecting you from the dazzle effect caused by laser rangefinders and the like. Absolutely suck as sunglasses though so we commonly wore raybans under our visors in the gulf. You haven't seen distortion until you're looking through three sets of curved lenses: sunglasses, visor and windscreen.
Add in the blurred vision effect of the PB anti nerve agent pills and it is a miracle Army aircraft weren't lawn darting all over the desert. And

According to international law, illuminating a vessel or aircraft with a laser is considered an act of war…

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP22 Jun 2018 11:18 a.m. PST

ScoutJock: "According to international law, illuminating a vessel or aircraft with a laser is considered an act of war…"

Is that true? Where did you read that?

Thanks

Dan

ScoutJock22 Jun 2018 11:50 a.m. PST

i don't know that I ever read it anywhere but was told that in numerous ROE and Law of War briefings.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP22 Jun 2018 12:10 p.m. PST

(smile)

Amicalement
Armand

Lion in the Stars22 Jun 2018 5:46 p.m. PST

Considering that most lasers are used for missile guidance, it's equivalent to a radar lock-on going into missile-guidance mode.

And locking onto an airplane with a targeting radar is an act of war.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP22 Jun 2018 11:58 p.m. PST

Thanks for the explanations. Good info.

Dan

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