chinese laser weapon development


AssassinsMace

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You have the concept wrong.

To take out ICBMs, lasers need to be put in orbit. Thereby they don’t suffer from absorption nor turbulence. Ranges in excess of 1000km should be feasible from the perspective of targeting systems. In outerspace IR gets fantastic contrast against such targets.
Then why don't they do that? That idea has been around since Reagan?
 

siegecrossbow

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But they have been at it for half century with no result to speak about other than hitting thin skin small boat at 100 feet. yeah let me know when they actually hit missile out of sky I am waiting
Well since the PLAAF is acquiring laser attack pods via tender, I guess you'll see it soon enough.
 

gelgoog

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Then why don't they do that? That idea has been around since Reagan?
Back then the launch costs were too high to put the SDI satellite network up.
That is why the BMD organization financed the DC-X. To attempt to get a vehicle which could do it.

Today with reusable launch vehicles like the Falcon 9 Heavy it might make economic sense.
But there are still a lot of issues with lasers. Then there is the power supply it would have to the solar panels or nuclear reactors.
If you use chemical lasers you have a limited number of shots and the satellite needs to be recharged.

The Soviets also had a counter to the SDI project back then. The Polyus spacecraft was a test for it.
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siegecrossbow

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OP claims that the PLA developed an anti-UAV laser carried by the DongFeng Mengshi B series of vehicles. The photo has no relations to the actual vehicle.
 

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