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21st January 2013, 4:33pm
How the military use lasers
Stealth fighter aircraft It doesn’t take an Einstein to realise that the concentration of light energy into powerful, narrow beams are of benefit to the military. But exactly how lasers are used is the focus of an upcoming public event at the University of Lincoln.

Former RAF engineer and airborne electronic warfare expert Rory Kerr will discuss lasers in various contexts, from range-finding to anti-ballistic missile defences.

The talk on 29th January is part of the University of Lincoln’s Academy Lecture series.

Using animation and examples Rory will match the characteristics of lasers to a variety of military systems.

Describing himself as a ‘military scientist’, Rory said: “Lasers have always been an important part of both weapons and electronic warfare studies. This is evidenced by the amount of money put into some pretty ambitious projects. Maybe nothing should surprise us in this day and age when we are so used to science-fiction becoming science-fact but I am sure that I can still give an audience something new to chew over.”

Coming from a military family, Rory served in the Royal Air Force for 24 years as both an engineering and a training officer.

He completed an MSc in Guided Weapons Technology at the Royal College of Military Science in 1992, before spending 14 years teaching engineers and aircrew both weapons and electronic warfare. During this time he also taught in the United States, Germany, Oman and Malaysia.

After leaving the RAF in 2007 Rory worked for Muretex, a Lincoln engineering company, delivering electronic warfare training, carrying out software development on electronic test equipment and devising counter-measure techniques. He is now semi-retired and volunteers as a science consultant in a local school.
The lecture takes place at 6pm on Tuesday, 29th January in the EMMTEC Auditorium, Brayford Campus, University of Lincoln. Registration starts at 5.30pm.
The Lincoln Academy Lectures are free to attend but places must be booked in advance by calling 01522 837100 or emailing

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