The Space Race and Cold War was in full blossom and coming to an end, largely because of the USSR running out of cash and efficiently imploding attempting to keep up. Back then, we did not have laser weapons, but desired themmuch was a bluff, but shortly, these laser weapon systems will be anywhere and used for a number of uses. Let us talk shall we?
Daniel the interviewer asks;”Do you believe we shall see laser weapons? Why?”
Yes, and in the US we’re really there, now on the challenge of miniaturization. Perhaps building a little laser system the size of a small refrigerator to fit in the bomb bay of an F-35 or F-22 and I don’t have any doubt that will occur within 5-10 years, great for our allies who purchase our stealthy F-35, but awful for all adversaries. We’re focusing on a smaller system mounted on truck and Humvee, we have proven concept.
In the USA we also have boat mounted laser weapons apparatus for protection also. In the long run perhaps a hand-held device, not like a Star Trek Phaser, but more like a bigger version of an assault rifle. There are still challenges with these kinds of weapons like air-density and the sort of laser in airborne applications. In addition, the power needed, particularly in the event of man-portable units. Another challenge is that the time required on goal to get a fantastic kill when using lasers to shield against swarm attack.
Laser weapons don’t make sense for every market in the battlespace or future battlespaces, but they’re viable nevertheless. It could be the science fiction loving minds of investigators or our passion for Star Wars that has been ensure the financing for such things. Cash strapped countries should consider costs of these systems, and they will.
The US has many allies who would like to have those systems, and BAE and many others are working on systems of their own today.
Fortunately, these systems are hard to engineer, hard to produce, and difficult to get right – but people are the smartest of the planet’s primates, and each state with an innovative military has rounded up their finest 150 IQ, Human+ scientists to work on these projects. For now however, it’s a matter of getting the most bang (zap) for the dollar.