Em Hell?

Navy plans disposable ray guns

The Naval Surface Warfare Center has proposed that the Navy use a battery of solid-state, one-shot-only lasers to zap enemy boats and defend against missile attacks. This Expendable Modular High Energy Laser (EMHEL), Jane's Defence Weekly reports, would use a brick of 120, meter-long laser modules that could fire individually or in one giant pulse.

"Each individual module would contain a single-shot laser capable of firing 10 kilojoules of energy at peak power in a single burst," Jane's notes. "With such a system, Wardlaw said, 'you can drill through 6in of steel in under a second.'"

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8 Responses:

  1. Perhaps it's meant to be used in the sentence "Give EMHEL."
    Those wacky researchers and their acronyms.

  2. vxo says:

    And, after they abandon the system five years later, I'll buy some of those modules on the surplus market, undoubtedly.

    Anyone want some extra-perforated Swiss cheese?

  3. injector says:

    Looks at the facts: very high power, portable, limited firing time, unlimited range. All you'd need is a big spinning mirror and you could vaporize a human target from space.