Military developer Northrop Grumman has a dream. A dream to create proper rayguns. A dream we would happily fund by paying extra tax and posting it off to the American government should it be able to pull it off.
But that’s not necessary – it has already done it. Northrop will soon start testing a 100 kilowatt model of its Joint High Power Solid State Laser, which chains together eight smaller 15kW models. It has already successfully tested a chain of two. We’re not sure what effect 100kW of focused energy has on an enemy, although we would suspect – and indeed hope – it can make heads explode.
Here’s a terrifying quote from Northrop Grumman’s chief harbinger of doom:
“Our march towards providing compact, electrically powered, operationally scalable and affordable laser weapons for U.S. military services continues to produce world-leading results.”
Which is pretty much just a nicer way of saying “YOU WILL ALL KNEEL BEFORE NORTHROP’S MIGHTY DEATH CANON OR YOU WILL BE OBLITERATED.”
(Via Old Reg)
By Gary Cutlack | September 3rd, 2008