'Star Wars' on the high seas: U.S. Navy to deploy laser weapon this summer

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  1. thisnumbersdisconnected

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    There are problems with the laser and rail guns systems. Lasers lose effectiveness if there is rain, fog, dust or turbulence in the air. Rail guns, which fire projectiles long distances at six to seven times the speed of sound, require huge electrical supplies. The Navy says it has found a way to deal with both.

    What do you think? Are we getting too fancy for our own good? Or is this technology a good way to fight the wars of the future?
     
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    Nuclear powered ships generate enough juice to support the rail gun.
    How often will you need to fire it continuously?
     
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    I would say the Navy would prefer "never" but who knows? Maybe when the aliens from "Independence Day" show up?
     
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    It seems like the squids think that is coming, doesnt it?
     

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