@AceBreakingNews World’s Tiniest Spirals could help thwart counterfeiters ‘

#AceNewsReport – June.08: Taking a page out of nature’s book, physicists have now created what they’re calling the world’s tiniest spirals. Each one is just under half a micron — about one fiftieth of the width of an average human hair, and about six million times smaller than a dime.

Hard to fake. These remarkable “nano-spirals” exhibit some pretty strange optical properties that make them nearly impossible to counterfeit. The researchers believe that they might be used to ensure the authenticity of important documents and products, and help prevent identity theft.

“If nano-spirals were embedded in a credit card or identification card, they could be detected by a device comparable to a barcode reader,” Dr. Richard Haglund, a physics professor at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. and one of the researchers responsible for the fabrication of the nano-spirals, said in a written statement.

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‘ CHINA DEVELOPS AND TESTS LASER DEFENCE SYSTEM AGAINST DRONES ‘

#AceNewsServices – CHINA – Nov.15 – China has developed and successfully tested a highly accurate laser defence system against light drones CCTV America reported. 

' China has developed and successfully tested a highly accurate laser defense system against light drones.  '

‘ China has developed and successfully tested a highly accurate laser defense system against light drones. ‘

The home-made machine boasts a two-kilometre range and can down “various small aircraft” within five seconds of locating its target.

Boasting high speed, great precision and low noise, the system is aimed at destroying unmanned, small-scale drones flying under an altitude of 500 meters and at speeds below 50 meters per second, the official Xinhua news agency reported, citing a statement by one of the developers, the China Academy of Engineering Physics (CAEP).

A recent test saw the machine successfully bring down over 30 drones – a 100-percent success rate, according to the statement. The laser system is expected to play a key role in ensuring security during major events in urban areas.

“Intercepting such drones is usually the work of snipers and helicopters, but their success rate is not as high and mistakes with accuracy can result in unwanted damage,” explained Yi Jinsong, a manager with China Jiuyuan Hi-Tech Equipment Corp.

Yi told Xinhua that small-scale, unmanned drones are relatively cheap and easy to use, which makes them a lucrative choice for terrorists. Concerns have also been raised recently over drones involved in unlicensed mapping activities, and the negative effect this could have on both military and civil aerial activities.

The academy is currently working on developing similar laser security systems with greater power and range, the Chinese news agency reported.

The drone industry has been booming in recent years, with the challenge to build small, hard-to-track drones that are difficult shoot down.

Contribution of RT – Xinhua News Agency – CAEP – CCTV America  

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PERSIAN GULF: ‘ US NAVY DEPLOYS FIRST EVER COMBAT LASER ‘

#AceWorldNews – PERSIAN GULF – Nov.15 –  The US Navy has deployed its first ever combat laser. The futuristic weapon has boosted the arsenal of the Fifth Fleet’s command vessel in the Persian Gulf. The laser is said to be effective against numerous small targets, such as Iran’s gunboats.

A 30-kilowatt-class Laser Weapon System has been equipped on the USS Ponce amphibious transport ship since late August, Navy officials told Bloomberg.

The device is capable of focusing beams from six solid-state commercial welding lasers into a single strong beam, which can be used both as a blinding warning shot and as a weapon capable of setting fire to a drone or small boat.

It took Naval Sea Systems Command technicians seven years and $40 million to develop the technology to the current stage.

The tour in the Gulf is more of a trial continuation than regular duty, as the Navy wants to learn more about its new tool. 

It was crucial to learn how the system would operate in the environment and how much energy it would consume, Kendall added.

RT 

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“Israel Plans to Deploy a `New Missile Shield` Called `Iron Beam’ that will use a Laser to `Super-Heat’ War-heads”

#AceWorldNews says Israel plans to deploy a new missile-shield called ‘Iron Beam’ which it hopes to deploy next year. The system will use a laser to super-heat the warheads of shells with ranges of up to 7 kilometers. ‘Iron Beam’ is designed to deal with threats that fly on too small a trajectory to be engaged efficiently by Iran Dome, Israeli’s existing interceptor credited with an 80 percent success rate against rockets fired by Palestinian militants.
The Israelis also have Arrow Two, which is designed to shoot down ballistic missiles at atmospheric heights.

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