Are high energy electronic weapons like rail guns and lasers actually the future of warfare, or is that SciFi garbage?
Will chemically propelled weapons remain superior?
>the future of warfare
Not in the short term, but they have some useful support roles in the near future.
In the long term yes, because they can exceed the specs of chemical guns and rockets so when it comes to heavy weapons they'll be superior.
>Are high energy electronic weapons like rail guns and lasers actually the future of warfare, or is that SciFi garbage?
Due to the fact those type of weapons vaporise the target / make things messy, they probably won't be used militarily due to "ethical" reasons.
Unless one gets into the hands of a dictator then well....
That`s a common misconcept
Weapons make people think about science,but people can think about science aiming for other porpuoses
Same thing with the space race it wasn`t the competition between USA and USSR the space race advenced science so much becouse a shitload of people was thinking about science to save their asses
Hi tech weapons need an external power source to work, a source that can be removed or damaged.
Low tech weapons are based on chemical reactions which work under most conditions.
There will come more hi tech weapons, but gunpowder will always be around.
>Are high energy electronic weapons like rail guns and lasers actually the future of warfare,
>Will chemically propelled weapons remain superior?
For the time being
Just wait till we figure out a way to shoot plasma out from railguns. Sea battles of the future will be akin to something out of a sci fi movie.
It vaporize a point, it destroyed those munitions by detonating them and vaporizing the beam contact point of the casing.
I'm sure a weapon designed to be carried and implemented by your average infantryman would likely have a much smaller beam section and thus cause more exacting damage, immediately caulderized wounds that would thus be easier to treat and in turn be more ethical as long as they remain in the infrared or optical spectrum to prevent radiation poisoning of the target with something akin to a UV or Gamma laser
Lasers,,,,,,,,,,,,, mirrored surfaces, cotton (yes i said cotton) blankets, multifibre colours or same colur as the laser. Clouds, aerosols or just hoses with fine dispersal.
1st world Multi billion pound US weapon system... 3rd world countermeasures.
No, stack exchange.
>Will high power laser penetrate mirror?
Many nations are developing hi-energy laser weapon. My question is, what if target is coated with mirror like coating? Can laser (since laser is still light) penetrate mirror? If it can then how is it possible?
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If you look at reflectances of common materials used to make mirrors with (for example, the topmost graph found on this wiki page), you'll see that not 100% of the light is reflected, especially at the shorter wavelengths.
I'm still looking for a somewhat better source for similar curves for household mirrors, but I know that the idea is roughly the same -- it's actually pretty difficult to make a mirror that reflects 100% of all incident light.
The light that does not get reflected gets either absorbed (mostly) or transmitted (usually only for very thin film mirrors). The portion that gets absorbed is transformed into heat, which is transferred into the mirror material.
7f you shine a short-wavelength, high-power laser beam directly onto a mirror with the intention of damaging the mirror, the power of the laser must be great enough to ensure that the portion of the light that gets absorbed is great enough to heat up the material sufficiently (and fast enough) to melt it. This makes most laser weapons only really effective on
surfaces with low reflectance (plastics, certain composites, human skin, etc.)
thin-walled structures (fuel tanks, etc.)
sensitive electronics (camera's, targeting systems, etc.)
Both have advantages. Chemical propellants offer far higher average/sustained power densities than any electrical equivalent, so in terms of raw firepower chemical propellants really can't be beat. But electrically-powered weapons have a number of niche applications where they excel (namely with lasers in situations where gunlaying of a projectile weapon would be much more complicated and innaccurate - for example, anti-missile systems - and debatably with railguns for armor-piercing and long-range gunnery).