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Well, it *is* the 21st century, you know.
Topic Started: Jul 2 2018, 03:45 AM (145 Views)
George K
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Finally
https://thenextweb.com/science/2018/07/02/chinese-firm-claims-its-laser-rifle-burns-clothes-and-skin-up-to-800-meters-away/
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A Chinese firm wants to arm the country’s police forces with a whole new kind of weapon for the battlefield: an assault rifle that fires lasers and can burn your clothes and skin from up to 800m away. Oh, and those lasers are silent, invisible, and can pass through glass windows too.

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The rifle (not pictured above, that’s just a concept illustration) has been developed by ZKZM Laser, which is part of the Xi’an Institute of Optics and Precision Mechanics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The idea is to support police in hostage situations, allowing them to take kidnappers down a notch. It could also find use in covert military operations, reports the South China Morning Post.

“The pain will be beyond endurance,” said a researcher who worked on the ZKZM-500 rifle. At the same time, the weapon is said to be “non-lethal,” likely because it doesn’t kill on impact.

At three kilos (6.6lb), it’s roughly the same weight as an AK-47; the rifle is said to use a lithium battery to fire more than 1,000 “shots” that last for two seconds each.

ZKZM is believed to be in search of a manufacturing partner, so it can begin producing these weapons for $15,000 apiece.

But is it for real? TechCrunch seriously doubts it; in his coverage, Devin Coldewey noted that, due to the attenuation that occurs as a laser travels 800m through the air, it will almost certainly be too weak to cause any sort of perceptible damage to clothing or skin. He adds that it’s highly unlikely that the weapon can store the magnitude of power in its lithium-ion battery in a small package that’d be needed to fire two thousand shots of incendiary lasers.

We’ll need to see a demonstration to be sure about the weapon’s capabilities. Call us when you’re ready, ZKZM.
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Jolly
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Geaux Tigers!
But in other news, the Zumwalt class destroyers, built around a gun platform plagued with problems and too expensive to shoot, may be the best test-bed for railguns in the American Navy. Mostly because they are one of the few ships that produce enough juice and are smart enough to shunt power around to fire the thing.

Maybe after the Chinese steal enough of the technology, they can produce a shoulder-fired version.

With 2000 shots... :smokin:
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George K
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Jolly
Jul 2 2018, 04:21 AM
the Zumwalt class destroyers, built around a gun platform plagued with problems and too expensive to shoot
'splain that, please?
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Jolly
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George K
Jul 2 2018, 04:25 AM
Jolly
Jul 2 2018, 04:21 AM
the Zumwalt class destroyers, built around a gun platform plagued with problems and too expensive to shoot
'splain that, please?
$800,000 per bang. For a litoral combat ship, designed to provide naval gunfire, that's insane.

https://www.popularmechanics.com/military/navy-ships/a23738/uss-zumwalt-ammo-too-expensive/

https://news.usni.org/2018/01/11/no-new-round-planned-zumwalt-destroyer-gun-system-navy-monitoring-industry

So the Navy has canned the guns ( or at least their ammo) and is trying to figure out a cheaper solution. Last thing I read, is that because of electricity generated, the Zumwalt class can fire the new railgun and that is most likely where the Navy will go.
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Axtremus
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HOLY CARP!!!
They need to incorporate a couple of USB ports, preferably one Type-A and one Type-C, so the user can recharge the laser rifle with his smart phone or tablet to get a few more shots out, just in case it runs low on battery in the thick of a gun fight.
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Klaus
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HOLY CARP!!!
Axtremus
Jul 2 2018, 05:06 AM
They need to incorporate a couple of USB ports, preferably one Type-A and one Type-C, so the user can recharge the laser rifle with his smart phone or tablet to get a few more shots out, just in case it runs low on battery in the thick of a gun fight.
While you are at it, add an App for the iPhone to remote-control the gun from anywhere else on the globe.
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George K
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Jolly
Jul 2 2018, 04:36 AM
George K
Jul 2 2018, 04:25 AM
Jolly
Jul 2 2018, 04:21 AM
the Zumwalt class destroyers, built around a gun platform plagued with problems and too expensive to shoot
'splain that, please?
$800,000 per bang. For a litoral combat ship, designed to provide naval gunfire, that's insane.

https://www.popularmechanics.com/military/navy-ships/a23738/uss-zumwalt-ammo-too-expensive/

https://news.usni.org/2018/01/11/no-new-round-planned-zumwalt-destroyer-gun-system-navy-monitoring-industry

So the Navy has canned the guns ( or at least their ammo) and is trying to figure out a cheaper solution. Last thing I read, is that because of electricity generated, the Zumwalt class can fire the new railgun and that is most likely where the Navy will go.
I can haz new engine please?

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$7.5 billion Zumwalt Destroyer needs new engine despite only a few months of use

Brian Wang

One of two operating Zumwalt Destroyer will need to have a main turbine engine replaced.

They completed acceptance trials in February, and the Navy accepted partial delivery of the ship in April.

It is taking over six months to replace the engine because a special rail system is needed to remove the engine and put in a new one. The system to enable engine replacement had not been designed when the Navy realized it needed one. Engineers had to finish the design and then install the system.

The Rolls-Royce MT30 engine costs $20-million.

The US will build a total of 3 Zumwalt destroyers for about $22.5 billion. The third one is being finished now and will start sea trials in 2019. On average the Zumwalt destroyers cost $7.5 billion.
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