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Flying Speedboats vs. Laser raygun cannons

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on October 4, 2010

Pasdaran commanders generally announce new purchases of these craft or exercises involving them with a good deal of bombast, as in the recent description of some new Bavar reconnaissance seaplanes – more than somewhat primitive in construction – as “stealth flying boats” (see the vid below).

A Bavar zooming along almost in the water would be more difficult to pick out of the sea clutter for a US naval radar operator: though not really any more difficult than a regular speedboat, especially in the calm conditions it would require to fly so low. And a Bavar would tend to be detected by high-flying US radar aircraft long before it could get close enough to see/detect any US ships itself.

The US military-industrial complex has unveiled its answer to the much-vaunted “swarm” tactics of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard naval forces, which might see squadrons of “stealth” flying boats and attack craft overwhelming the defenses of US warships in the Persian Gulf. The US Navy will deal with this, apparently, using rapid-firing laser raygun cannons to sweep their swarming enemies from the seas and skies around them.

American weaponry megacorp Northrop Grumman says that shore based testing of its Maritime Laser Demonstration (MLD) blaster cannon have been successful, and the firm is confident that seagoing trials later this year will be a triumph. The high-power lasers used in the MLD are the same units developed under the earlier Joint High Power Solid State Laser programme, which were the first solid-state, electrically powered kit* to deliver a combat-strength 100 kilowatt war ray.

“Unlike commercial lasers that form the core of some laser systems intended for use at sea,” sneers Northrop raygun honcho Dan Wildt, “MLD’s power levels can be scaled to 100 kilowatts and beyond.”

According to Northrop, the MLD “burned through small boat sections” in tests conducted last month at the Potomac River Test Range, indicating that its performance over water is up to the job.

“This successful test series gives us confidence that we will be successful at the at sea demonstrator scheduled later this year,” says Northrop bigwig Steve Hixson.

Iran’s new flying boats are combat ready.

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