The U.S. Navy has deployed and fired a laser weapon on board a warship in the Persian Gulf. The laser weapon system or LaWS was fired from the USS Ponce which is assigned to the 5th Fleet in Bahrain: Epic Technology!
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The laser hit and destroyed a series of targets during a test shots – one mounted on a small boat, another was a six-foot drone.
The Navy has spent $40 million over the past decade developing LaWS. It’s shown to be effective at ranges of up to a mile.
An officer sitting inside the ship directs the laser with a video game-like controller. LaWS generates about 30 kilowatts of power in focusing its deadly beams.
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