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originally posted by: penroc3
I have seen things called dazzlers that are usually lasers that can be dialed up and down in brightness and they flash really fast to temporarily blind a person, or permanently.
I am sure the gold coating on our new jets have something to do with radar and stealth but when i was in collage i took an optics class and got to play with some pretty cool lasers(Rochester Institute of Technology/RIT). We would have to wear different goggles depending on the power level and wavelength of the laser being used.
Lasers have been used for MANY differnt things on aircraft from targeting to countermeasures.
lasers will over a good distance spread out from its normal pin point, or you can add adaptive optics and a laser surrounded by a MASER to blast the clouds and whatnot out of the way so the laser doesnt hit as much stuff in the air
with lasers now being on drones and normal ground forces, would it be possible that you could blind a piolet with some of these stronger lasers or even just temporarily blind them, making them an easy target. Lasers go until it is scattered or hits something so it seems like a mid range and closer weapon.
Maybe i missed it but why isn't anyone doing this?
i saw dazzlers used in Afghanistan on people that temporarily blinded people for minutes to hours and i did hear stories of blinding's, so why not use it against aircraft and they EOS? If you can take out the EOS of modern aircraft it would be a pretty significant role, add a powerful maser to that and you could cook the radar and even the man in the aircraft.
you wouldnt even have to destroy the aircraft if the man flying it cant see and the aircraft cant see, so why isn't this done?
and are those golden canopies more than just RAM? is laser protection build into the shades of the helmets?
seems like a giant and easily exploited weakness