Military ray gun: is it a laser?


Newly Enlightened
Jan 26, 2006
State College, PA
Nope, not a laser. It's millimeter-wave frequencies, which fall in the radio spectrum. From the photo, I'm pretty sure it's not even a MASER, the microwave equivalent of a laser. Looks like a microwave emitter in the smaller disk, bouncing the beam off the larger dish to focus the beam and add range.

Now, the laser rifle Stavatti submitted to the Army - look up TIS-1 - that's interesting. Thermal pumped gas laser powered by a Polonium radioisotope cell. Of course, it's still on the drawing board, but there's got to be other ways to make man-portable, lethal laser systems. It's only a matter of time.


Newly Enlightened
May 28, 2006
I saw that on the news. Right away "microwave oven" came to mind.
The link you send says it uses "millimeter waves".

A quick look at the EM Spectrum shows that to be between Infrared and Microwave so it basically cooks the victim. I can't wait for the pocket version!


Dec 4, 2006
TIS-1 is a very funny hoax.

Gas dynamic lasers are definately real, and definately powerful, but this elaborately drafted plan is certianly a hoax.

The whole "stavatti" company is just a hoax. No such thing exists, but they sure spent a lot of time on the hoax.

Might want to check this out for a good laugh as well.,14632,Soldiertech_DREAD,,00.html

Another of those looks good at a glance from the general public type gags.

And like the laser spoof, it is baised from selected real principals, yet comical with its talk of no recoil and not mentioning the 55MW power requirements or gyroscopic effect on bearing load.

Great for giggles :D

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