Because: “Photon Cannons” Are Even Better Than Sharks With Friggin’ Lasers!


General Atomics’ Tactical Laser Weapon Module AKA: The Photon Cannon

The thing in this picture isn’t a photon torpedo. But, it’s close. It’s a photon cannon, currently under development by General Atomics. Small, versatile, and completely self-contained, it turns anything onto which you stick it into a powerful laser weapon. And at just two cubic meters in volume, you should have no trouble mounting it on the roof rack of your Volvo.

  • UCSPanther

    If the Soviets developed laser weapons:

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      It seems like we beat that prediction by a bit over a hundred years.

      It seems that instead of drilling a neat hole, lasers in this power range cause massive surface explosions, so it’s more like a Star Wars “blaster”, and no, mirrors don’t slow it down either. They explode too!

      I can’t wait for this to be used on IS jihadist caught out in the open.
      They literally would not know what hit them.
      It would just come out of the sky from a few miles up, with no sound and no warning.

      • tom_billesley

        Crispy. Don’t leave ’em guessing. Tell ’em it’s the hand of God.

  • Hard Little Machine

    At 4kg/KW a the high end, a 300KW unit would weigh 2600lbs. Larger than the capacity of most drones. Smaller units – down to 500lbs would be more standard. I guess they have to balance that against the number of missiles it could carry otherwise.

    • Petr

      Use the drone airship- stable, can hang a long time, flyes so high that it is impossible to shoot down without sophisitcated AA missiles.