The Rayguns are Coming, the Rayguns are Coming!

Strategy Page plays Buck Revere.

Am waiting to be proven right about my UAV+THEL strategy.

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  1. Mike

     /  January 26, 2007

    I was wondering if you would catch this one. Did you read the earlier one about the hybrid Phalanx/laser system that Raytheon has developed? The IDF is supposed to get some testable prototypes this year for the Gaza border.

  2. Alex

     /  January 26, 2007

    Define THEL for me. My reason for asking is that the many non-classified miltech I get to see now on a daily basis from AFRL has been heavy on UAVs. Morphing wing structures will be in place maybe even this spring for a DARPA study in Afghanistan – 5 UAVs to cover the entire country vs. 18 now.

  3. Ah, it’s about time!

  4. Mike

     /  January 27, 2007

    All sorts of goodies are coming out. We just had an article on the next offroad utility vehicle to replace the Humvee. Woah. I don’t ever see any civilian being able to legally own one in the US unless he or she is a collector, and I don’t see anyone ever being allowed to drive it in normal traffic (although I sure would like to).

  5. Alex

     /  January 27, 2007

    Was the new vehicle the composite-based one being produced by TPI, or something else?

  6. I don’t know the new vehicle, but THEL, is, and Mike can correct me, Transportable High-Energy Laser.

  7. Alex

     /  January 27, 2007

    Ah, no UAV-THEL, but the newest concept is the disposable detonating UAV. Think V-1 buzz bomb with intelligence and more guidance capability than a cruise missile and you get the idea.

  8. I want my raygun and flying car as soon as we can get them off the shelves!

  9. Me too. Will revolutionize hunting for deer!

  10. Mike

     /  January 28, 2007

    There are several designs in the running. I like the Oskosh one myself (they make Hemmits, great trucks). Armored, properly built to withstand bombs, great suspension. Good stuff.


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