The Germans have come up with a new super zapper!
Rheinmetall says it’s successfully tested a 50kW high-energy laser weapon.
A “massive, 15mm-thick steel girder was cut through at a distance of 1,000 metres,” it boasts, going on:
“The successful shooting down of several nose-diving target drones at a range of two kilometres formed the second major highlight. Though they were flying at over 50 metres a second, the Skyguard radar had no trouble detecting the incoming unmanned aerial vehicles at a distance of three kilometres.”
The company, based in Düsseldof, says tests were carried out at its Ochsenboden proving ground (EZO) in Switzerland, in “ snowy conditions and blinding sunlight.”
It says its new super weapon can be used in air defence, counter rocket, artillery, mortar/C-RAM, and isometric warfare operations.
“The 50kW HEL weapon technology demonstrator consisted of two functional models: a 30kW weapon station integrated into an Oerlikon Revolver Gun air defence turret for static and dynamic tests, coupled with an Oerlikon Skyguard fire control unit; and a 20kW weapon station integrated into a Revolver Gun turret of the first-generation, patched in for static tests,” the company states.
They’re a significant step away from Hitler’s equally lethal V2 rockets used with devastating effect on London during World War II, the work of by Werhner von Braun, “one of the leading figures in the development of rocket technology in Nazi Germany during World War II and, subsequently, in the United States,” as the Wikipedia sums it up.
“There were also additional modules for supplying power.”
How long before these laser guns turn up on terrorist Must Have lists?
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