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Multi-mode laser designator

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Evolution of portable laser designator
Besides traditional use for laser weapons, it could be use to fry small drones (high beam) or transmit line-of-sight information to adjacent units.

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1 year ago
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I think this is the way that laser systems are goi [...]
I think this is the way that laser systems are going to go. Lasers can designate targets, communicate, destroy ISR, and directly engage enemies. It will be the Swiss Army knife of military systems. Every unit will have one because every unit will need one.

One key function that I don't want to overlook will be point defense against artillery. A high power laser can cause an incoming round to function prematurely. This will provide an umbrella to maneuver forces.
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What makes this idea new or different?

It repurposes a current piece of equipment to handle the new constant threat of small drones. At the same time creates a new back-up mechanism for units to quickly transmit data from ground to nearby ground/air/sea when other forms of communication are unreliable or temporarily unavailable.

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What will be the implications of this idea?

Troops could establish link to low flying drones, transmit info and continue ops. Line of sight minimizes data interception. Possible first large scale field test of non-kinetic lethal weapons (drone killer laser) in day-to-day ops without disrupting current unit firepower and force projection reliability.

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1 year ago - Echo said
Describe your idea
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I think this is the way that laser systems are goi [...]
I think this is the way that laser systems are going to go. Lasers can designate targets, communicate, destroy ISR, and directly engage enemies. It will be the Swiss Army knife of military systems. Every unit will have one because every unit will need one.

One key function that I don't want to overlook will be point defense against artillery. A high power laser can cause an incoming round to function prematurely. This will provide an umbrella to maneuver forces.

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