Army Testing a Laser-Induced Plasma Channel to Destroy Targets With Lightning |

Using technology that even Thor — the hammer-wielding, lightning-controlling Norse god — would be jealous of, the U.S. Army has begun to test directing lightning with laser technology.

As directly stated on the Army website announcing successful progress and testing of this innovation “soldiers and science fiction fans, you’re welcome.”

via Army Testing a Laser-Induced Plasma Channel to Destroy Targets With Lightning |

The only real stumbling block in the development so far has been strapping it to a shark.

6 thoughts on “Army Testing a Laser-Induced Plasma Channel to Destroy Targets With Lightning |”

  1. When they were doing shark research, to develop shark countermeasures, such as Shark Chaser, the Johnson Shark Screen, et al, the USN had to decide what was the most likely size shark a survivor of a sinking or a plane crash would enounter. Thier investigations actually resulted in a Navy Standard MK I Shark for evaluation purposes. A USN MK I Shark is 8 feet long, and wieghs 450 pounds. Of course, since sharks are the top predators in the ocean, a shark has to be smarter than the fish it hunts, so the MK I Shark also tends to vote Republican. I suppose that once the laser is mounted on it, it will be the Shark, MK I- MOD 1.
    The Navy Standard Shark is real, see SHARK ATTACK, by H. David Baldridge.

  2. I remember watching a TV special about Soviet Weapons and the talk turned to directed energy weapons. An Air Force General involved in directed energy research believed it was possible and that Ivan was working hard in that direction. They then had a Physicist on camera who said that the only Physicists that believed directed energy was possible were young Turks that didn’t know much. My father LOLed and looked at me and said “it’s the young Turks that have driven innovation and breakthroughs, not old codgers like him.”

    We had been discussing directed energy while I was in Engineering School about that time. My Classmates and Profs believed it was possible. We thought it was an Engineering problem as my Hi Skool Physics instructor, who was also a graduate Engineer, said “Physicists should no better than say it can’t be done, because then some damn fool Engineer that doesn’t know any better will go out and do it.”

    Engineers and Physicists are two sides of the same coin and, at times, Physicists just don’t know when to keep their mouths shut.

  3. “Phased plasma rifle in da’ fo’ty watt range . . .?”

    Ehh, just whatchu’ see, pal!

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