DefRev has obtained the original "white paper" proposal that was submitted to the U.S. Army for the Stavatti TIS-1 (Tactical Infantry System-1) Gasdynamic Laser Weapon. The TIS-1 is a laser rifle that utilizes a hypersonic jet of gas to create photonic energy in the form a very powerful laser. Thus the term "gasdynamic". The Stavatti TIS-1 was submitted as a possible technology for the U.S. Army’s LFLAN requirement. "LFLAN" stands for "Light Fighter Lethality After Next". LFLAN involves small arms technology proposals that would not be implemented until 15-25 years down the road. In other words, truly futuristic technology.
Before a weapon like the TIS-1 could be adopted, a number of technichal hurdles would have to be successfully negotiated, such as…
a viable power source that could provide long-term and adequate power, heat containment/shielding, and forward recoil mitigation.
Click here to view drawings of the weapon and read the TIS-1 "white paper", which describes in detail the technology utilized by the weapon. It is in PDF format.