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Producing enough energy for a rail gun is another problem.
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fair to say that there are other countries working on this technology. That safe to say. But I would also say that a lot of what makes this successful came from the way in which we consolidated all of the complexity into something that can be operated by (a single sailor), he said.
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The Navy laser technology has evolved to the point that a prototype to be deployed aboard the USS Ponce this summer can be operated by a single sailor, he said.
but there little doubt that the range of the weapon would be reduced by clouds, dust or precipitation, he said.
But both systems have shortcomings.
The solid state Laser Weapon System is designed to target what the Navy describes as threats. Those include aerial drones, speed boats and swarm boats, all potential threats to warships in the Persian Gulf, where the Ponce, a floating staging base, is set to be deployed.
The targeting system locks onto the target, sending a beam of searing heat. see the effect on what you are targeting but you don see the actual beam, Ziv said.
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For the Navy, it not so much about the whiz bang technology as it is about the economics of such armaments. Both costs pennies on the dollar compared with missiles and smart bombs, and the weapons can be fired continuously, unlike missiles and bombs, which eventually run out.
The Navy plans to deploy its first laser on a ship later this year, and it intends to test an electromagnetic rail gun prototype aboard a vessel within two years.
Lasers tend to loser their effectiveness if it raining, if it dusty, or if there turbulence in the atmosphere, and the rail gun requires vast amount of electricity to launch the projectile, said Loren Thompson, defence analyst at the Lexington Institute.
fundamentally changes the way we fight, said Capt. Mike Ziv, program manager for directed energy and electric weapon systems for the Naval Sea Systems Command.
With a laser operating on about 30 kilowatts of electricity and possibly three times that in the future the cost amounts to a few dollars per shot, Thompson said.
Technology from the three ships in that DDG 1000 series will likely trickle down into future warships, said Capt. James Downey, the program manager.
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Both weapon systems are prized because they serve to ahead of the cost curve, Ziv said. Navy warship costs at least $1 million apiece, making it cost prohibitive to defend a ship in some hostile environments in which an enemy is using aircraft, drones, artillery, cruise missiles and artillery, Thompson said.
The Navy new destroyer, the Zumwalt, under construction at Bath Iron Works in Maine, is the only ship with enough electric power to run a rail gun. The stealthy ship gas turbine powered generators can produce up to 78 megawatts of power. That enough electricity for a medium size city and more than enough for a rail gun.
Rail guns, which have been tested on land in Virginia, fire a projectile at six or seven times the speed of sound enough velocity to cause severe damage. The Navy sees them as replacing or supplementing old school guns, firing lethal projectiles from long distances.
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