Americans have long been working on laser weapon technology. It is true that even hand lasers are far away, but they are getting more and more successful in this field.
Rheinmetall, working with the US Army on defense systems, has recently tested its 50kW power laser. Made by a German laser gun company, it is able to easily burn a 15 mm thick plate. It seems like no feat, but the weapon is able to do it from a distance of more than a kilometer. This is just the power of destruction, right?
In addition, the laser works with a radar system called the Skyguard, which targets the target using optical scanners, which also allows it to be identified before shooting.
During the test, the laser droned a dron moving in a pre-programmed sector. If we consider that the UAV is moving really fast, then the real power of the new weapon can be seen. But that’s not the end of her possibilities.
Constructors say they are able to detect, track and destroy really small ballistic objects. And they are not just bragging. This was tested using 82 mm steel balls traveling at 50 meters per second (about 200 km / h). In this way, they wanted to see how the gun would behave in the face of a mortar attack. The Skyguard system immediately detected moving objects, tracked them, and then destroyed them in flight.
It can be expected that within the next five years, this type of armament will become a compulsory equipment for the US Army.…