US Navy Successfully Test New Laser Weapon

The US Navy have unveiled its new laser weapon by demonstrating its capabilities against an an unmanned aircraft, a boat and various test targets. . . Officials at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) announced that the laser weapon system (LaWS) was for the first time successfully deployed and operated aboard the USS Ponce Navy ship in the Persian Gulf from September to November. During the tests - a collaborative effort between ONR, Naval Sea Systems Command, Naval Research Laboratory, Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division and industry partners - the laser cannon hit the targets mounted aboard a speeding oncoming small boat, shot a Scan Eagle unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) out of the sky, and destroyed other moving targets at sea. The system is operated by a video-game like controller, and can address multiple threats using a range of escalating options, from non-lethal measures such as optical "dazzling" and disabling, to lethal destruction if necessary. It could prove to be a pivotal asset against what are termed "asymmetric threats," which include small attack boats and UAVs. Data regarding accuracy, lethality and other factors from the Ponce deployment will guide the development of weapons under ONR's Solid-State Laser-Technology Maturation program. Under this program, industry teams have been selected to develop cost-effective, combat-ready laser prototypes that could be installed on vessels such as guided-missile destroyers and the Littoral Combat Ship in the early 2020s. Rear Admiral Matthew L. Klunder, chief of naval research said: "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." Researchers predict revolutionary technology breakthroughs demonstrated by LaWS will ultimately benefit not only U.S. Navy surfac at Worldwide - Arabian Gulf - Friday 12th December 2014 (7 Pictures)


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