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definitely not crossout.

our lasers have less range than bullets.

meanwhile our plasma balls have infinite range but re so slow you can comfortably move out of the way

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On 8/3/2019 at 9:56 AM, forc3dinduction said:

our lasers have less range than bullets.

meanwhile our plasma balls have infinite range but re so slow you can comfortably move out of the way

Different operating principles :00222:

Laser beams while technically having infinite range are scattered in the atmosphere.... loosing power and focus with every passing meter. You may technically still "hit" the target but the beam is so weak and spread out that it will deal no damage.

Still, lasers might make good air defense.... especially against relative fragile things like most aircraft. Perfect accuracy does have its perk and against a computer tracking you as a target no amount of fancy flying will do you any good..... not against something that is by all means and accounts the real life example of a hitscan projectile.

Against heavy armor however.... you need much more powerful beams.... and while those can be created the power required raises exponentially.... especially as you want to have some competive range on those things compared to propelling a shell chemically or god help you... magnetically.

Getting hit by an high velocity object is just painfull.... yet accelerating projectiles to a high velocity can be done by mundane chemicals. And this is why basically all of todays fire arms are based on that operating principle. Since the upper muzzle velocity achievable by chemicals propellants is the rate of the expanding burning gas even higher muzzle velocities are only possible using magnetics.... which right now mostly put the limit to current modern technology. There are rail guns protoypes and even some amateur coil/hgauss guns but so far little of military viability compared to competing options.

 

Plasma cannons meanwhile create white hot ionized gas (plasma) and then put in into a magnetic containment bubble that is then thrown towards the enemy. On impact.... the bubble collapes/continues its journey while the plasma makes contact with the hapless victim..... the enormous heat will downright vapourize all known materials, ignite anything burnable nearby and leave a scarred white hot glowing mark where it didnt manage to vapourize the material.

 

Lasers --> focused point damage

Plasma cannon --> widespread area of effect destruction.

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