- Feb 23, 2009
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- New Jersey
While I have no reason to doubt that laser blinding has been employed in combat, the news paper article that you reference was based on the Defense Intelligenence Agencies' Soviet Military Power 1985 Report, an American propaganda document fraught with errors designed to garner public support of Regan's efforts to break the Soviet Union by fueling a very expensive arms race which in the end worked as he planned.
And some of the chemcals are really really really nasty. (You thought hydrazine was bad?) It's a good thing this will be a military program because if it was headed for a civilian/commercial application you would have a hard time finding volunteers to work in the vicinity of this stuff.Both laser systems are Chemical Oxygen-Iodine Lasers (COIL).