In a message dated 12/06/00 22:58:19 GMT Standard Time, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
> How far can a (many) kilo(mega?) watt "lazer-burst" reach when fired from
> aircraft at hi altitude?
I think the 747 borne Laser tested in the 80's had an effective range of
around 13 miles (maybe way off, it was a while ago). The laser was dispersed
by atmosperic particals so the Star Wars project was born which wouldnt be
effected by the atmosphere.
I'm sure someone on the list will know an equation for calculating laser
ranges in air for varying power levels.
I have been thinking along the same lines about an anti ICBM Rail gun.
The problem is not the weapon, its the targeting. So I would go for the
shotgun "Big Spread" approach firing muliple rounds once. Very similar to a
shotgun round. Im sure that these type of rounds are already being developed
as anti infantry or aircraft ammo for rail gun tanks.
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