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The US Successfully Tested a Laser Weapon

The US Successfully Tested a Laser Weapon

HONG KONG – A US Navy warship has successfully tested a new high-energy laser weapon that could destroy mid-flight aircraft, the Navy’s Pacific Fleet said Friday in a statement.
The Navy’s images and videos show the amphibious transport dock ship USS Portland executing “the first system-level implementation of a high-energy class solid-state laser” to disable a flying drone plane, the statement said.
The images show the laser which emanates from the warship’s deck. Short video clips demonstrate what the burning drone looks to be.
The Navy did not give the Laser Waffen System Demonstrator (LWSD) test a specific location, saying that it happened on May 16 in the Pacific.
The weapon’s strength has not been revealed, but an International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) study for 2018 said it was supposed to be a 150-kilowatt laser.
“We will gain valuable information on the capabilities of the Solid State Laser Weapons System Demonstrator against potential threats by performing advanced sea tests against UAVs and small boats,” Capt. Karrey Sanders, Portland Command Officer, said in the released statement.
“We ‘re redefining war at sea for the Navy with this new, advanced capability.”
The Navy says lasers can be effective defenses against drones or small armored boats, which it calls directed energy weapons (DEW).
“Development of DEWs such as the LWSD by the Navy provides immediate warfighter benefits and gives the commander increased space for decision making and options for response,” the statement said.
In 2017, onboard the amphibious transport ship USS Ponce in the Persian Gulf, CNN witnessed a live-fire exercise of a 30-kilowatt Laser weapon.
At the time, laser-weapons officer Lt. Cale Hughes explained how they operate.
“This is throwing massive quantities of photons at an incoming object,” said Hughes.
“We ‘re not worried about the wind; we ‘re not worried about range, we ‘re not worried about anything else. We can engage the targets at the speed of light.”
Later that year, The Ponce retired from service.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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