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Old 11 April 2011, 11:28   #1
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-13033437


Have a look at the video.

What a waste!
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Old 11 April 2011, 11:40   #2
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If you can afford to light up an attacking boat for about 5 minutes, it's a great system. Otherwise, well, it might be a good idea to prep the lifeboats...

I wonder how realistically effective it would be against a fast, bouncing, swerving threat.

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Old 11 April 2011, 11:56   #3
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Do ya think they could of used a junk boat?

Waste is right, just goes to show the government has "money to burn"!
I suppose they NEEDED to use running motors but being as there is quite a bit of flammable stuff on a outboard motor I think engines that didn't run would give them the same effect...
Look to probably see that boat on some government auction site...
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what's wrong with traditional guns?
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what's wrong with traditional guns?
I think the plan is that with a light beam there are no cross wind/gravity effects. You show a computer the target, it lights it up, tracks it and barbeques it. End of
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You cant see a Laser beam...wouldn't a homing missile spell out "go away" a little more clearly?
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You cant see a Laser beam...wouldn't a homing missile spell out "go away" a little more clearly?
The outboard on fire seemed to spell a clear message to me
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There is a slightly more polite British version, built just up the road:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-12154117
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You cant see a Laser beam...wouldn't a homing missile spell out "go away" a little more clearly?
A Missile would probably bounce off the tubes.
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Think the Yanks ,have a thing about targeting RIBs
I was the target boat for the unmanned "Protector" test series here in San Diego.
They told me that light was just the FLIR !
Wondered what that burning smell was
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