The Germans, according to the following article, or rather, one of their major defense contractors - Rheinmetall (we'll get back to them) - has unveiled a tactical laser that can shoot down drones from 2 kilometers and burn through steel girders a kilometer away(and my thanks to Mr. K.L. for bringing this to my attention):
I suspect that most regular readers here will have the same thoughts I had when I first read this: not only do the contents bother, but the timing of the article bothers more. First, a bit of an historical aside for the non-German readership here. Rheinmetall is a company that, of course, was a major German defense corporation during the Second World War and before, going under the name of Rheinmetall-Borsig. So we are dealing with one of those firms with a long track record in armaments and defense, like Bofors in Sweden, Vickers in the United Kingdom, or Boeing or Lockheed in the USA. Before the Second World War they produced a nifty "little" road mobile 35.5cm howitzer for the German army that could go from travel condition to full operational status in about two hours, an unheard of time for such a monster. So in other words, we're dealing with a company with a good track record of military engineering.
Which makes the story all the more interesting. The article above specifically mentions that this laser was tested against drones, and thus, I cannot help but avoid the suspicion that this is a none-too-subtle message; after all, what country in the world is loudly trumpeting its ability to use drones to assassinate high-power targets, to spy on its own citizens, and in general, to use them as an extension of its imperial policies? So the first message might be: "Tired of having drones drop in and ruining your Jihadist party? Call 1-800-Rheinmetall and shoot back..." In other words, it is a subtle pitch to those targeted by the drones: Germany has a nifty little portable laser that can shoot them down, from the same company that brought you road mobile rapidly-deployable fourteen inch howizters (they worked too, just ask the Russians). So the second message might be a bit deeper, for it is another signal that there is a rift - a big one - quietly developing between Europe and that postwar dominance by the Anglo-American elite, what our friends at the Daily Bell call the "Anglosphere".
But in the deepest sense, I cannot help but entertain the suspicion that the timing of this "message" is also significant, for as readers of this site will be well aware, Germany has been trying for some months now to get a clear indicator from its own central bank, the Bundesbank, and from the City of London and New York, just how much gold it has, and by unspoken implication, where it is. In the final analysis, the message is clear: Germany to the non-western world: Got Drones? We got lasers. Sale: Buy ten, second ten discounted. Germany to Anglosphere: You have drones, we have lasers.
See you on the flip side.