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Combat laser tanks: for and against

The adoption of combat lasers by the world 's leading armies has become a mainstream of recent years.

For example, the United States had already installed the AN/SEQ-3 Laser System (LaWS) on the USS Ponce marine platform in 2014 and the ODIN combat laser on the USS Dewey missile destroyer.

Lasers are installed on submarines, and the U.S.

Army and Marines use them to destroy drones and small aircraft.

The possibility of mounting laser systems on aircraft is considered as a as-130, F-35.a what about laser tanks? Alas, but so far they can only be seen in science fiction films and video games.

It would seem that a lot speaks in favor of a laser tank: the price of a laser shot is much less than the price of a projectile and, especially, a missile.

As practice has already shown, lasers are good at small flying objects.

Drone under laser system fire Unfortunately, the advantages on this end.

In real combat, a laser tank will have to deal with an opponent "packed" in powerful steel armor or its analogue of ceramic composite and even depleted uranium, against which modern lasers are powerless.

It will take a long time and enormous energy to burn them down.

Another downside of modern combat lasers is dependence on the state of the atmosphere.

In particular, with a high concentration of water particles (fog, ice crystals) or soot, the laser beam rapidly loses its strength.

An opponent who discovered laser tanks should not put a smokescreen that will bring all their firepower down.

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