Python Rocket

The Royal Engineers fires a Python rocket in order to clear a path through an area in Afghanistan that contains a high number of IEDs.
Footage shows a Python blowing up a suspected IED field in Afghanistan. The Royal Engineers have fired their latest weapon in their battle against the Taliban for the first time an exploding hose which punches safe passage through suspected IED belts. The Python rocket is a trailer-mounted, rocket-propelled mine-clearing system pulled behind the Trojan armoured engineer tank. The Python system fires a snake of high explosives. The detonation, across a suspected IED field in a dry river bed wadi north of Patrol Base Wahid, shook the ground either side of the detonation, and created a huge cloud several hundred metres high

 

Laser Weapon System (LaWS)

120804-N-ZZ999-001 SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Jul. 30, 2012) The Laser Weapon System (LaWS) temporarily installed aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG 105) in San Diego, Calif., is a technology demonstrator built by the Naval Sea Systems Command from commercial fiber solid state lasers, utilizing combination methods developed at the Naval Research Laboratory. LaWS can be directed onto targets from the radar track obtained from a MK 15 Phalanx Close-In Weapon system or other targeting source. The Office of Naval Research’s Solid State Laser (SSL) portfolio includes LaWS development and upgrades providing a quick reaction capability for the fleet with an affordable SSL weapon prototype. This capability provides Navy ships a method for Sailors to easily defeat small boat threats and aerial targets without using bullets. (U.S. Navy video by Office of Naval Research/ Released)