December 12, 2014
A recently-released video embedded below demonstrates the capabilities of the 30-kilowatt laser, shooting down a drone in just seconds and sending it crashing into the sea.
Rear Adm. Matthew L. Klunder said in a statement: “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.”
“This is the first time in recorded history that a directed energy weapons system has ever deployed on anything,” Klunder said, according to Reuters.
Actually, this advanced laser weapon performed so well during operational testing that the USS Ponce is now authorized to use it in defense of the ship. Perhaps the greatest advantage of using this new technology is how little it costs, checking in at less than $1 a shot!
“At less than a dollar per shot, there’s no question about the value LaWS provides,” Klunder said in a statement.
“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.”
Fair fight, huh? The Navy also announced that sailors working with the system reported that, “the weapon performed flawlessly, including in adverse weather conditions of high winds, heat and humidity.”
It appears that the US Navy envisions Laser Weapon Systems to be heavily utilized in the future, considering they are already developing a more powerful laser system capable of destroying advanced anti-ship missile technology. This upgraded laser system should ready for deployment in 2017.
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