US Navy unveils boat mounted laser system that can shoot down drones or boats, controlled by a video game controller. Watch the video…
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The US Navy already in operation Laser system can also be used as a long-range laser surveillance scanner.
The system integrates commercial 5.4 kW fibre lasers, into one 30 kW laser beam.
Rear Adm. Matthew L. Klunder, chief of naval research, said in a press release:
“Laser weapons are powerful, affordable and will play a vital role in the future of naval combat operations. We ran this particular weapon, a prototype, through some extremely tough paces, and it locked on and destroyed the targets we designated with near-instantaneous lethality.
At less than a dollar per shot, there’s no question about the value LaWS provides. With affordability a serious concern for our defense budgets, this will more effectively manage resources to ensure our Sailors and Marines are never in a fair fight.”
source US Navy