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Laser Warfare

This article is an amazing summary of state of the art laser weapons and what will likely occur in the future. Ballistic warheads can strike at speeds greater than Mach 20. But readying them for launch takes several minutes at least and delivering them several more. Lasers race to target at roughly Mach 860,000. Forget about "Star Wars" and blaster pistols knifing the air with multi-colored beams. Visible lasers so far don't pack sufficient punch over distance to be useful weapons. The laser battlefield will be largely invisible. Targets will explode, break apart in midair or burst into flame without apparent cause.

Oakland Tribune October 19, 2003

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