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Military Connection: Boeing to Develop Plasma “Force Field”

 

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By Debbie Gregory.

Over the course of our technological progression, many tangible products have developed from concepts that were once just fantastical dreams. Previously, these ideas could only be found in the pages of books and in the make believe universes created for the big and small screens. Objects such as submarines, cell phones, airplanes, robots, computers, tablets, and video chatting are just a few examples of science fiction that became reality. Soon, we could be able to add “force fields” to the list.

In March, 2015, Boeing was granted a patent for a defense system that functions much like a plasma force field, which, for now, is just fantasy. But instead of being equipped on a space craft to deflect proton projectiles or other space weaponry, Boeing intends that this system will be mounted on ground vehicles or on high-value buildings.

Boeing’s system, which hasn’t been built yet, is not intended to defend against direct hits from missiles, bombs or bullets. It also won’t offer protection from the shrapnel flung by the explosive impacts caused by those weapons. Instead, the Boeing system will protect the high value unit or building from the shock waves caused by nearby explosions.

The system will include a sensor designed to detect incidents that produce shock waves, such as an explosion. When the sensor detects a shock wave, it will determine the appropriate direction and strength needed to protect the asset it is defending. Boeing intends to use a combination of lasers, electricity and microwaves to rapidly heat up the air between the asset and any nearby explosion. The heat will create a plasma shield that will be able to absorb or deflect the energy from the incoming shock wave. The plasma shield will not permanently surround the protected asset, but will only materialize for short durations after the sensor detects an event.

Boeing filed for the patent in 2012. The United Kingdom’s Defense Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL), which operates much like our DOD’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), announced that they were working on a similar shield system in 2010. There is no timeline for the completion or active testing for any of these systems.

Only time will tell what other technological advances will be added to our world. The future is closer than we think, as reality is constantly changed by concepts once found only in the imagination.

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Military Connection: Boeing to Develop Plasma “Force Field” by Debbie Gregory

Military Connection: New Missile Defense System: By Debbie Gregory

JLENS

On December 17th, the Army unveiled its newest defensive tool for thwarting attacks on American soil from cruise missiles.

The Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System (JLENS) is comprised of two 80 yard long blimp-like aerostats. The helium filled aerostats won’t be fitted with weaponry. Instead, they will be fitted with radar and communications systems. JLENS is designed to detect and track incoming missiles for air, ground or ship based systems to shoot down.

The two airships will be tethered to large concrete pads, four miles apart, and fitted with radar equipment. Each will float to an altitude of 10,000 feet. One aerostat will scan for targets, while the other will track targets for military weaponry in order to shoot it down.

JLENS will be implemented at Aberdeen Proving Ground, near Baltimore, MD. From this location, the two aerostats that comprise JLENS will establish a defense radar and tracking system capable of scanning the skies in a radius that covers as far north as upstate New York, as far south as North Carolina, a portion of the Atlantic Ocean to the east, and as far west as central Ohio. If you happen to look at a map of the U.S. and draw a circle that spans the circumference of these locations, you should see Washington D.C. near the center of that circle. This is not accidental, as one of the primary functions of JLENS is to help protect our nation’s capital.

Current military defense systems are capable of shooting down incoming cruise missiles. But there is limited ability to detect them over expanses as large as the radius of JLENS. JLENS offers the U.S. military the ability to detect and defeat incoming cruise missiles, without having non-stop manned craft in the air.

JLENS was developed by Raytheon and has cost the federal government $2.8 billion and counting. Earlier in December, Congress approved a $43.3 million addition to help fund the first year of a planned three year test of JLENS scanning the eastern seaboard. Many military and government officials believe that JLENS will save the U.S. government money in the long run, due to the relatively inexpensive upkeep costs, and eliminating the need to fly additional aircraft for the same purpose.

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Military Connection: New Missile Defense System: By Debbie Gregory