chinese laser weapon development

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    Thank you for the indepth analysis! What is your opinion on pulse lasers, which deal damage through ablation and not through direct heating?
     
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    The principle of laser weapons is to deliver energy to a particular spot to cause damage. This comes down to how much energy can be delivered by the laser (either Continuous Wave or Pulsed is secondary).

    Thus, how much energy a laser can deliver over a distance is the current technological bottleneck. And it seems the developmental laser weapons use CW rather than pulsed (this is my deduction).

    I would say that CW is probably more feasible as it can deliver a lot more energy at a longer distance as compared to pulsed lasers (assuming both lasers have the same power output). However, pulsed lasers can probably achieve greater precision in the amount of energy to be delivered and how much material to be ablated (as can be seen in their applications in laser machining). But, this is at really short ranges.

    For weapons use (i.e., destructive purposes), pulsed lasers are unlikely to be a favoured choice in the near future since their destructive potential is less than a CW laser.
     
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    What is your opinion on the latest rumor that the latest Chinese DDG will employ point-defence lasers not unlike the ones that Popeye showed us?
     
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    Doubtful -- unless it's nuclear powered then I imagine there won't be enough power on even a conventional ~10k ton destroyer to power a pair of ciws lasers.

    I'm sure they are under development, but it'll be a while until they're fielded. Did the rumor say give anything else about this "latest" DDG (displacement, date of launch, etc?)
     
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    Between 2011 and 2015.
     
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    I see -- do you consider the source reliable?

    I'm less skeptical about such claims now than I was a month or two ago, with the well received unveiling of the J-20 the idea of laser based ciws on PLAN vessels doesn't sound too absurd now.
     
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    Well I don't know... the guy who leaked this news, Peishen, is the same guy who made the prediction about J-20's appearance in December.
     
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    Ah right -- let's hope he's right this time too.
     
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    I think tiered defence would be suitable. If somehow the laser cannot destroy the missile within a certain umbrella, then the ciws would be the secondary defence.
     
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    It depends on how powerful is the laser. If it takes a split second to destroy a target, then it's probably effective for CIWS range too. With current laser technology, it'll probably take much longer that, making laser weapon more suitable for longer range, and maybe as a targeting device to heat up targets for heat seeking missiles.
     
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