Ray gun progresses to laser machine gun
As innocent American victims, such as young Kelly Thomas, continue to die agonizing deaths from law enforcement’s deployed taser weapons, one of the first “non-lethal” directed energy weapons (DEWs), laser machine gun DEWs are now ready for mass production. Boeing announced it has signed an agreement to team with US operations of BAE Systems to build the new, high-powered laser machine guns.
The laser machine guns are for warships of the Navy that ordered the new DEWs for fitting onto existing robotic gun turrets, the Mk 38 Machine Gun Systems.
After he U.S. Office of Naval Research researching, developing and refining directed energy weapons (DEWs) for years, its goal for the laser machine gun is for it to be hand-held or for it to be placed on drones, as reported by Evan Ackerman for NavalToday:
“… by 2015 the goal is to get it down to 50 feet by 20 feet by 10 feet. And by 2020? It might be smaller still, able to fit into helicopters and drones, and it’s not too much of a stretch to imagine something small enough to be handheld by 2030.”
The Navy has been working on a suite of futuristic weapons and, according to Ackerman, who says that, with a free electron lase, by the mid 2020s, free electron laser weapons “should be capable of slicing straight through 2,000 feet of steel every second.”
Why the Navy? According to Ackerman, “warships are the ideal platform for a powerful laser, at least initially, since they’ve got both the space and the power that weapons-grade laser systems require.”
Once refined by the Navy, the weapons can then be transferred to other branches of the military and domestic law enforcement.
All weapons must be tested on human subjects before wider application. Historically, dissenters and society’s most vulnerable have been used as human test subjects, usually unknowingly. It has not been publicly or widely reported where the laser machine guns have been tested.
Since DEWs penetrate buildings to injure targets, they leave no evidence of the perpetrator, the perfect crime weapon Americans are paying dearly to have developed..
Although, AFP reported the British arms manufacturer BAE Systems said last week that its net profits fell 22 percent to £478 million, thanks to the U.S. Navy, today, ATK awarded a $109 million contract to BAE Team to develop a Joint and Allied Threat Awareness System (JATAS) for the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps Aircraft. It is a 48-month engineering and manufacturing project for weapons.