Af/Pak & Other News (12/19/2012)

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Dec 19, 2012, 12:23:16 PM12/19/12
3 more polio workers shot in Pakistan; 8 dead in 48 hours:

U.N. Pulls Anti-Polio Workers:

Afghan army beset by desertions as NATO pullout looms:

Policewomen struggle as symbol of new Afghanistan:

Kabul sets ambitious 'roadmap for peace' with Taliban:

Afghans turn to AK-47s, fearing Taliban return or civil war:

Britain To Pull Nearly 4,000 Troops From Afghanistan:|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

India: 'Maoist problem biggest security threat for CRPF':

Iran: The Price Of Rebellion:

Update: Iraqi president's condition rises to 'stable' after stroke:

Dutch troops 'lack experience' on Patriot missiles in Turkey:

Last Advanced Block 50 F-16 Unveiled For Turkish Air Force:

Syrian jets bomb Palestinian refugee camp again:

Syria interior minister wounded by bomb last week:

AP Interview: Syria Rebels Fear Chemical Weapons:

Egypt to Spend up to $3.2B Adding to F-16C/D Fleet:

State Department Faulted For Inadequate Security In Benghazi Attack:

Pilot dead in Sudan jet crash: military:

Ansar al Sharia in Mali:

Putin’s Arms Dealers Are Selling More Weapons to More Dirtbags Than

Commercial Sale of Type 22 Frigates:

Rheinmetall successfully tests 50kW high-energy laser weapon:

Bulgaria To Buy Fighter Jets:|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Brazil invests in rocket technology:

Almost Everything You’ve Heard About the North Korean Space Launch Is

Park Geun-hye elected SKorea's 1st woman leader:

ALE-55 Towed Fighter Decoys for US Navy, Australia:

Panetta: F-35 deploying to Iwakuni, Japan by 2017:

The 15 Most Dangerous People in the World:

100 Most Influencial People in US Defense:

Raytheon Awarded $108 Million For SM-2 Production:

USAF plans to retire F-16s, A-10s:

Army Says This General Sexually Abused an Officer, Then Threatened Her

DOJ Plans To Indict State-Sponsored Cyber Attackers:|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

DARPA to announce 100G program to build 100-gigabit-per-second air-to-
air data links:

Talking to Robots on the Flight Deck:


Dec 19, 2012, 10:25:40 PM12/19/12
On Wed, 19 Dec 2012 09:23:16 -0800 (PST), wrote:

> Rheinmetall successfully tests 50kW high-energy laser weapon:

The 50kW HEL weapon technology demonstrator consisted of two functional
models. One was a 30kW weapon station integrated into an Oerlikon revolver
gun air defense turret. It was connected to an Oerlikon Skyguard fire
control unit. The second one was a 20kW weapon station integrated into a
first generation revolver gun turret. The test was also designed to prove
that separate HEL weapon stations, using Rheinmetall’s existing beam
superimposing technology, could irradiate a single target in a
superimposed, cumulative way.

The weapons were able to cut through a 15mm thick steel girder at a
distance of 1,000 meters; shoot down several nose-diving target drones
traveling at 50 meters per second at a range of two kilometers; and shoot
down an 82mm-diameter steel ball traveling at the same speed.
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