Typhoon wrote:So how close are we to the future?
Laser weapons in the military are not new but have previously focused on interference rather than destruction, though there have been a plethora of experimental systems to date (THL, ATL etc.).
As I understand it, weapons that blind are prohibited. I wonder what kind of power output lasers would need (and at what frequency) to be effective and not fall under the blinding category.
The railgun remains entirely experimental, the main interest appears to be in Naval gunnery but we are only just seeing ships with the power and other infrastructure that might be able to support a railgun (i.e. the troubled DDG-1000 Zumwalt class). Together with power hungry sensors and direct energy weapons a return to the atomic cruiser may be the only way forward for a feasible platform. Though advances in hypersonic missiles and direct energy weapons will likely make the railgun a false start entirely.
1) Coil guns come to mind.
2) As effective defences develop, missiles might not be as ubiquitous as they are now, and a return to kinetic energy weapons might ensue.
Jaded centrist. Wary Cautious liberal. Obligated Engineer(Civil).
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