Hey everyone. Here’s something that’s been on my mind. What weapons would the US find most useful to defend Taiwan? Here’s one of the most important.
youtube.com/watch?v=vqLkpcHavZE The new laser beam which can melt UAV’s and missiles out of the sky. It can even do well against navy ships and submarines (as long as they’re not submerged under water). Of course against torpedo’s the aircraft carriers would have to be protected by something other than the laser beam. How well would it do? We know that the J-20 stealth fighter is twice the size of the F-22 and therefore can carry more air to surface weapons. If a J-20 went after an aircraft carrier and launched all it’s weapons at it, would the navy laser weapon system be able to wipe out every missile comming at it? Hopefully I’m wrong. But I can imagine that if there’s 10 missiles going after an aircraft carrier, I’m sure there’s a great chance that two missiles would likely reach the target while the other 8 are successfully melted out of the sky. What do you think?
And on the J-20 itself, would the laser be able to melt the J-20’s out of the sky? Hopefully. But only if the radar systems can pick them up. And would they be able to? Considering the fact the J-20’s are a “stealth” fighter? What are your thoughts on this?
War nerd wrote about a navy laser a couple of weeks ago.http://exiledonline.com/wn-day-24-ray-gun-vs-evinrude/
He seemed a bit skeptical. I usually think his writing is a bit overated, but in this article he made some good points. Also a laser probably won’t have much effect against long range ballistic missiles. Also what about submarines. Its likely that in any engagement the Chinese would have subs in hiding waiting for the fleet to approach Taiwan.
This somewhat recent popular mechanics article http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/military/navy-ships/what-a-war-between-china-and-the-us-would-look-like has more information about what a Taiwan crisis scenario would look like.
They’re probablly interested in it because they thinking that they won’t have to buy ammo for it.
And on the J-20 itself, would the laser be able to melt the J-20’s out of the sky? Hopefully. But only if the radar systems can pick them up. And would they be able to? Considering the fact the J-20’s are a “stealth” fighter? What are your thoughts on this?[/quote]
The capabilities of the J-20 are still a mystery. It’s just at the prototype stage now. Of course China has myriad other ways of delivering missiles. An aircraft carrier in these waters will be “in harm’s way” for certain. Such threats are nothing new though and the US surely has ways of countering them. Anything could happen of course.
The laser stuff is pretty interesting, railguns are as well. “The war nerd” does make some good points, the weather issue would seem to be a problem I assume.
Have they figured out how to attach them to frikken sharks yet?
Problem is, the Chinese will want to make soup out of them. They’ll take the fin and the laser will die a horrible, painful death.
Such a laser might be inhibited to some degree by the humidity or cloudiness of Taiwan. Even still though, it offers a large number of “shots,” and can reach a target instanteously - and can conduct mass defense against saturation attacks - all of which are invaluable characteristics in a China-Taiwan conflict.