Directed Energy Weapons

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Implies to me that the Dragonfire tests went well.
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Any thoughts on the cost effectiveness of lasers vs guns or missiles, prompted by DefenseScoop May article where its mentioned US to give Israel $1.2 billion in funding for R&D for their Iron Beam laser CIWS in addition to what Israel has funded internally, advocates of lasers often say lasers only cost a few £/$ per shot.

The 100-kilowatt high-energy laser is designed to defeat a variety of threats, including unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and engage targets “a few hundred meters to up to several kilometers” away, according to Israeli defense contractor Rafael. // The $1.2 billion appropriated by the U.S. Congress for Iron Beam will remain available until Sept. 30, 2026. The system is expected to be fielded by the Israeli military by the end of 2025, a Rafael executive told Breaking Defense last month.

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Comrade, it is good to hear that guns and missiles are free to develop.
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Ron5 wrote: 10 Jul 2024, 15:35 Comrade, it is good to hear that guns and missiles are free to develop.


Possible gun alternatives and costs to lasers.

Israeli thinking of re-introducing their Machbet variant of the M163 Vulcan Air Defense System (VADS) based on the M113) retired in 2006 to to counter the thousands of Hezbollah drones with its Phalanx gun, Wikipedia claim the 20mm round with its 12mm depleted uranium penetrator has an effective range of 2.5 km.

Latest cost figures seen the Naval Phalanx CIWS is the Feb 2022 figure quote of $129 million for six systems plus ammunition, spares etc. for the South Korean Navy.

The South Korean Navy plans for its new ship classes FFX Batch III, KDDX, and CVX programs is to fit the new LIG CIWS-II using the same Goalkeeper/A10 30mm gatling gun with a variant of its AESA MFR radar as developed for its new fighter KAI KF-21 Boramae, assume equivalent to the Typhoon MFR ECRS Mk2, understand CIWS-II developmet cost approx. $230 million to 2030.
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Da comrade, having others pay the development costs is very good. Doesn't make them free though.
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Totally agree comrade, definately not free but the queation is guns would appear to be the less expensive option than lasers and as effective.

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NickC wrote: 12 Jul 2024, 14:42 Totally agree comrade, definately not free but the queation is guns would appear to be the less expensive option than lasers and as effective.
Comrade, you have posted exactly zero data in support of your assertions. Помните, всегда печатайте всю правду.
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