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DRDO successfully tests laser system

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    India gets a step closer to laser weaponry as DRDO successfully tests laser system
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    Shaurya Karanbir Gurung
    ET Bureau|Updated: Dec 07, 2017, 12.43 PM IST

    NEW DELHI: In a leap towards building laser weapons capability, India has made a breakthrough in its efforts to develop directed energy weapons, or DEWs, that can potentially end future wars before they begin.

    It’s not exactly what we saw in Star Wars films or Flash Gordon comics decades ago, but DEWs such as high powered lasers can destroy enemy missiles, aircraft and advanced weaponry based on electronic circuitry.


    India’s primary defence research organisation Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) recently conducted a successful test of a laser system mounted on a truck, and plans are now afoot to create a more powerful laser with a longer range, people familiar with the development told ET.

    Private companies such as Kalyani Group and Rolls-Royce are also looking to develop or build DEWs in the country. DEWs are weapons that produce a beam of concentrated electromagnetic energy. There are mainly two types of DEWs: high powered lasers and microwaves. DEWs are anti-personnel as they can cause intolerable burning of an area in the body and blindness, and anti-material as it can be used to destroy missiles, ships, UAVs and fry circuitry of equipment deployed in a battlefield.

    While information is not available on whether India is developing microwave weapons, DRDO tested a 1KW laser weapon system mounted on a truck at Chitradurga in Karnataka towards August end. “The laser beam hit a target located 250 metres away,” an official said. “It took 36 seconds for it to make a hole in the metal sheet.” The test was conducted in the presence of then defence minister Arun Jaitley, the person said.

    The next step is to test a higher powered laser, 2KW, mounted on the truck against a metal sheet located at a distance of 1 km. Two DRDO laboratories — Centre for High Energy Systems and Sciences (CHESS) and Laser Science & Technology Centre (LASTEC) — are currently working on developing the source for generating the laser, officials said. At present, the source of the laser, which is the “heart of the system”, is imported from Germany.

    Other challenges include developing a cooling mechanism for the system that heats up when the laser beam is fired, ensuring a focused beam towards a distant target and optoelectronics, or optronics, involving lenses to create that focus, they said. “The weapon is not ready yet and it will take years for it to happen,” said an official. DRDO did not officially respond to a questionnaire on the subject sent by ET to it as of press time Wednesday.

    Private companies too are looking to enter DEW space. A senior official at Kalyani Group said Kalyani Centre for Technology and Innovation is in the “initial stages” of developing DEWs. “We are identifying two segments: ‘lethality’ to kill and ‘survivability’ aimed at destroying incoming missiles,” the person told ET. “We will initially be working on the latter and are setting up a lab in Pune.”

    Rolls-Royce’s global strategic marketing director Ben Story, in a conversation with ET had recently said that there are “conversations” happening between the company and India on DEWs.

    A release by Press Information Bureau back in December 2013 had confirmed that DRDO’s CHESS and LASTEC were researching on DEWs and laser technology, respectively. A 2015 DRDO bulletin titled ‘Technology Focus’ stated that LASTEC with the help of a collaborator had developed a unit of 1kW ‘single mode fibre laser’ and work was on for developing 5kW and 9kW fibre laser sources.

    LASTEC has also developed a 10kW Chemical Oxygen Iodine Laser (COIL) and is working on developing a 30-100 kW vehicle-mounted COIL system, sources said.

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    It is great. Rail Gun, Desi missile with seeker and now Laser. It will be followed by hypersonic cruise missile Great going India.
     
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    DRDO-conceptualised DEW.jpg
     
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    :rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl:
    lost my interest here "based on electronic circuitry".
    pretty much all country have that and other options for same result,but it is useless in war scenario.
    anyway if this was for scientific learning purpose,congratulation.
     
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    lol... the person who wrote it is as competent as DRDO... :)
     
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    Nah brah,i am nowhere as competent as your DRDO,it is just that some law of physics can never be altered :D
     
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    i meant the journo who wrote it, not you..
    you are on pdf... more likely a loser ... like vast majority here... :)
     
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    khik khikz,and we were waiting for you indian to join us and give us a brief discussion on "how to be human loser from apes" ,you know once an indian told me they are actually our ancestors,africans are not,i took a good look at the apes and thought "may be first time an indian is not exaggerating" :partay:
     
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    what does that even mean? lol.. you are trying too hard... not interested... :)
     
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    so aint i brah ,i was just trying to remind you your true ancestors "apes of africa",but it is too hard for you as per you,lets leave it,have fun in your deng deng o :D
     
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    All countries? Really.
    Do you have it?

    After the conception of MIRVs, ABMs had more or less become defunct, treaties were signed to remove the use of ABMs, etc and yet its R&D continued.
    They didn't need to do that, why waste money on something that is being beaten by a system like MIRV? Yet they did.


    Fast forward to late 90s, a revolution in semiconductors, sensors and other missile subsystems made possible the inception of THAAD, and suddenly ABMs became a legitimate option.
    The Thaad had a string of successes following into the 2000s, which resulted in both US and Russia backing out of the ABM treaty.

    DEWs definitely aren't viable now but like most technologies it never is in the beginning.
    And by the looks of things the kW power is incrementing in new laser systems althoughout the world almost every year like the HELLADS, LaWS, etc.

    But sure, cry all you want about how it is not operational now because see we have started somewhere and probably will have a working system some time in the future, that is a head start against every naysaying nation that thinks they don't need a new tech. Just like in the case ABMs.

    The only losers here are the ones not trying out something new.
     
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    He should be impressed, while Arjun in trial beat T-90s while being handicapped, Tejas is an inducted system which had subsytems "some aircrafts" didn't have(don't have even now) when they were inducted far before Tejas.
     
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    It's using a German power source. :lol: