In tests off the California coast, a Lockheed Martin prototype laser system successfully disabled two boats at a range of approximately 1.6 kilometers. These were the first tests of the Area Defense Anti-Munitions (ADAM) system against maritime targets.
Lockheed Martin is developing the transportable, ground-based ADAM laser system to demonstrate a practical, affordable defense against short-range threats, including Qassam-like rockets, unmanned aerial systems and small boats.
In less than 30 seconds, the ground-based system’s high-energy laser burned through multiple compartments of the rubber hull of the military-grade small boats operating in the ocean. Lockheed Martin previously demonstrated the system’s capabilities in countering representative airborne targets in flight, including small-caliber rocket targets and an unmanned aerial system target. The system can precisely track moving targets at a range of more than 5 kilometers (3.1 miles), and its 10-kilowatt fiber laser can engage targets up to 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) away.
We have seen many researchers trying to recreate the Archimedes heat ray using mirrors to reflect the sunlight to a point to catch something on fire. In all attempts it has failed. but what if, archimedes ray was actually a sophicated device, technology since lost over time.
In scotland the ancient vitrified forts show evidence that a strong heat source was used on the structures. So intense that even fire could not reproduce these results. The forts have been subjected to such an emense temperature that the rocks actually melted.
Lost civilizations with advanced technology may hold a clue to what Archimedes heat ray actually was. Until we find the answers, it seems history really does repeat, even with technology.