Watch The U.S. Navy’s New Laser Weapon Take Out Two Ships

Posted: December 11, 2014 by gamegetterII in Uncategorized

The U.S. Navy announced Wednesday that a new laser weapon deployed into Persian Gulf earlier this year performed seamlessly during testing that wrapped up in November, and declared the weapon a success.

Deployed for the first time aboard the U.S.S. Ponce in September, the Office of Naval Research released a video Wednesday of the LaWS (laser weapon system) taking out two test targets.

*** I though LAWS was for LAWS anti-tank shoulder fired weapon?***

“Laser weapons are powerful, affordable and will play a vital role in the future of naval combat operations,” Rear Adm. Matthew L. Klunder, chief of naval research, said in a statement Wednesday. “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.”

The laser performed flawlessly through a range of adverse weather conditions and took out moving targets both at sea and in the air, including small boats and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Operated via a “video-game like controller,” the system is designed to go from non-lethal to lethal output to stun or destroy “asymmetrical threats” like small ships and UAVs.

At less than a dollar per shot, the cost-efficient 30-kilowatt weapon is the first of larger 100 and 150-kilowatt weapons to be deployed aboard later ships.

  1. Constitutionalist says:

    I wonder if the targets had holes all the way through or only surface damage? Difficult to determine in the video. I can envision these on an A-10 or AC-130. Good for us…bad for them.


    • gamegetterII says:

      Not sure if it puts a hole all the way through or not,apparently,it can sink a ship-so it’s got to at least put a hole through the hull.
      The cable news channels all had a segment on the laser weapons system this morning.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s