US Navy ready to deploy laser system this summer; rail guns aren't far behind

  • Article by: DAVID SHARP , Associated Press
  • Updated: February 17, 2014 - 1:57 PM

BATH, Maine — Some of the Navy's futuristic weapons sound like something out of "Star Wars," with lasers designed to shoot down aerial drones and electric guns that fire projectiles at hypersonic speeds.

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jleonardFeb. 17, 14 1:58 PM

Chekov full power to the phasers, launch photon torpedoes!

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swschradFeb. 17, 14 3:24 PM

yawn, call me when they can mount 'em on shark's heads...

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mn2niceFeb. 17, 14 3:26 PM

Captian, we have an alien robot remodeling a pyramid, ready that railgun.

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wiseoracleFeb. 17, 14 3:35 PM

Great scott! Where are we gonna get 1.21 jiggawatts?!

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rshacklefordFeb. 17, 14 3:52 PM

Chekov: "Cannot captain. An electromagnetic pulse just rendered every piece of our technology useless. Plus, an eastern european hacker was in control of our weapons anyway."

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jkountFeb. 17, 14 4:02 PM

While I loathe the amount of money the military receives. They do come up with a lot of revolutionary technology, some of which really has bettered our lives.

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scenic61Feb. 17, 14 6:46 PM

Next up; cloaking devices and transporter technology! Gotta love US military innovation!! 2nd to none in the world!

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theruntFeb. 17, 14 6:57 PM

When the technology advances far enough, I'm sure the First Amendment grants me the right to carry a ray gun.

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