(2) Laser-beams have characteristics of particular value to the military.
Laser beams can penetrate steel, titanium, and other hard metals to depths of more
than a centimeter. They can cut and drill softer materials such as aluminum or
magnesium alloys (used in aircraft structures) to depths of several centimeters under
controlled process conditions.
(a) Laser range finder (military use). A laser range finder enables a
weapons system to accurately gauge the distance to a target.
Figure 2-12. Soldier using laser beam range finder.
(b) Laser target designator. This is an instrument which pinpoints the
target so that laser-guided weapons can be directed to their targets. To give exact
location of a stationary or moving target in any day or night operation, the target
designator is mounted on an aircraft. A target designator can also be held in a soldier's
hand for the purpose of directing laser-guided bombs or missiles.
(c) Laser rifles for weapon simulation. Laser-equipped rifles are used
mounted on a rifle barrel and foresighted to the rifle. The laser output simulates bullets.
The soldier squeezes the rifle trigger projecting a single pulse onto the target which is
probably from 25 to 300 meters away. Hits are displayed on the target.