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Author Topic: FEL to Protect Against Hypersonic Missiles  (Read 2851 times)
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« on: 19 April 2009, 08:58:56 »
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http://defense-update.com/products/f/fel_160409.html

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The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] is developing a new megawatt scale laser weapon for the U.S. Navy. This power level is considered essential for ship defense. The system will comprise a Free Electron Laser (FEL), which emits the high power electron beam shaped through a series of powerful magnetic fields, exiting the intense emission of laser light.

The FEL based weapon system is promising to transform future naval warfare capability by providing an ultra-precise, speed-of-light capability and unlimited magazine depth to defend ships against new, challenging threats, such as hyper-velocity cruise missiles. Furthermore, the future weapon could be employed in different levels, from non lethal to lethal effects. FEL is expected to be deployed with the Navy's future all-electric ship architecture.


Wow, ships employing that kind of megawatts (100+!) will need some *big* power plant...

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« Reply #1 on: 21 March 2010, 05:05:00 »
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approximately two billion hamsters.

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« Reply #2 on: 21 March 2010, 08:56:31 »
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Incidentally it is time for an update, looks they got their hamsters all lined up:

http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2010/03/boeing-completes-design-of-shipboard-super-laser/

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Defense giant Boeing now says it has completed the preliminary design of one such weapon, the Free Electron Laser, or FEL. In a news release today, the company said it had presented its FEL design, which will operate by forcing a stream of high-energy electrons through a series of magnetic fields, creating a weapons-grade blast of laser light.


Here the news as by Boeing:

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., March 18, 2010 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] has successfully completed the preliminary design of the U.S. Navy's Free Electron Laser (FEL) weapon system, a key step toward building a FEL prototype for realistic tests at sea.

During the preliminary design review held March 9 to March 11 at a Boeing facility in Arlington, Va., the company presented its design to more than 30 U.S. government and National Laboratory representatives. This electric laser will operate by passing a beam of high-energy electrons through a series of powerful magnetic fields, generating an intense emission of laser light that can disable or destroy targets.

"The Free Electron Laser will use a ship's electrical power to create, in effect, unlimited ammunition and provide the ultra-precise, speed-of-light capability required to defend U.S. naval forces against emerging threats, such as hyper-velocity cruise missiles," said Gary Fitzmire, vice president and program director of Boeing Directed Energy Systems. "The successful completion of this preliminary design review is an important milestone in developing a weapon system that will transform naval warfare."



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