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mikefolks -> [WAD] Lasers cant engage land targets? (9/16/2019 4:19:08 AM)

Hi guys, I've been messing around with trying to mount a laser on an AC-130, like the Advanced Tactical Laser.
Unfortunately, none of the laser weapons are able to engage land targets. Just wondering if this was intentional or not.

Cheers.

PS: Cant wait for Modern Operations!!




Primarchx -> RE: Lasers cant engage land targets? (9/16/2019 4:34:39 PM)

As I recall all the lasers in the game are just useful against air targets. Not many systems in place for anti-ground in service yet.




Raptorx7_slith -> RE: Lasers cant engage land targets? (9/16/2019 4:41:50 PM)

Those lasers aren't designed to take out tanks or people, they're designed to shoot down drones and fry cruise missiles.




SeaQueen -> RE: Lasers cant engage land targets? (9/16/2019 4:50:14 PM)

And small boats. If you want to have some fun, try zapping some Boghammers. I like to stick a laser on the back of a DDG-1000 for fun...

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ORIGINAL: Raptorx7_slith

Those lasers aren't designed to take out tanks or people, they're designed to shoot down drones and fry cruise missiles.





stilesw -> RE: Lasers cant engage land targets? (9/16/2019 5:50:20 PM)

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Those lasers aren't designed to take out tanks or people, they're designed to shoot down drones and fry cruise missiles.


Michael,

The above comments are correct. The current generation of laser weapons in the database targets
* aircraft,
* helicopters,
* missiles,
* C-RAM (Counter Rocket, Artillery and Mortar)
* some surface vessels.

As laser technology matures new capabilities will occur as needed.

Good question though,

-Wayne




Sardaukar -> RE: Lasers cant engage land targets? (9/16/2019 6:45:38 PM)

Geneva Conventions used to prohibit use of lasers to be used on people, at least in most cases, now it's more debatable:

http://www.weaponslaw.org/instruments/1995-protocol-on-blinding-laser-weapons

https://casebook.icrc.org/case-study/united-states-memorandum-law-use-lasers-anti-personnel-weapons




mikefolks -> RE: Lasers cant engage land targets? (9/17/2019 1:51:44 AM)

Thanks for the replies guys. Yep, had a lot of fun mounting LaWS on an LCS and zapping Iranian PBs,
and figured if it can take out a boat, it would take out a jeep.
Glad its not just me stuffing up an update or something [:)]

Cheers




Tookatee -> RE: Lasers cant engage land targets? (9/17/2019 10:03:20 AM)

The only laser system I could ever see your recommendation being applicable to would be the AN/SEQ-3 LaWS (while other systems may have the capability to inflict damage, they lack the targeting software/hardware required to actually properly engage such targets), and even then it would be fringe cases of when a vessel (or some land based static emplacement equipped with the system) is close enough to another facility to engage it. While this could serve some sort of utility for fictional scenarios, it serves little purpose for any realistic scenario as the blue-water nature of the weapons system eliminates any possibility of it directly engaging any shore based targets.




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