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The future is now: Navy to deploys lasers on ships in 2014

By Justin Fishel
Published April 08, 2013
FoxNews.com

  • A solid state laser developed at the Naval Research Laboratory -- seen in the inset at left -- successfully shoots down a flying target, in this still image taken from video showing an exercise conducted by a technical team from the Naval Surface Weapons Center Dahlgren Division and managed & funded by ONR, Naval Sea Systems Command, OSD's High Energy Laser Joint Technology Office and supported by U.S. Fleet Forces Command. (U.S. Navy)

  • Jul. 30, 2012: The Laser Weapon System (LaWS) temporarily installed aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG 105) in San Diego, Calif., is a technology demonstrator built by the Naval Sea Systems Command from commercial fiber solid state lasers, utilizing combination methods developed at the Naval Research Laboratory. (U.S. Navy / John F. Williams)

  • An unmanned drone bursts into flames after being targeted by a ship-mounted laser gun developed by the U.S. Navy's Office of Naval Research. (U.S. Navy)

  • Jul. 30, 2012: The Laser Weapon System (LaWS) temporarily installed aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG 105) in San Diego, Calif. (U.S. Navy / John F. Williams)

  • 120730-N-PO203-088 SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Jul. 30, 2012) The Laser Weapon System (LaWS) temporarily installed aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG 105) in San Diego, Calif., is a technology demonstrator built by the Naval Sea Systems Command from commercial fiber solid state lasers, utilizing combination methods developed at the Naval Research Laboratory. LaWS can be directed onto targets from the radar track obtained from a MK 15 Phalanx Close-In Weapon system or other targeting source. The Office of Naval Research's Solid State Laser (SSL) portfolio includes LaWS development and upgrades providing a quick reaction capability for the fleet with an affordable SSL weapon prototype. This capability provides Navy ships a method for Sailors to easily defeat small boat threats and aerial targets without using bullets. (U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams/Released)
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The Pentagon has plans to deploy its first ever ship-mounted laser next year, a disruptive, cutting-edge weapon capable of obliterating small boats and unmanned aerial vehicles with a blast of infrared energy.
Navy officials announced Monday that in early 2014, a solid-state laser prototype will be mounted to the fantail of the USS Ponce and sent to the 5th fleet region in the Middle East for real-world experience.
'It operates much like a blowtorch ... with an unlimited magazine.'​
- Navy official

Video released by the Navy shows the laser lock onto a slow-moving target, in this case an unmanned drone, which bursts aflame in mid-flight. The drone soon catches fire and crashes into the sea below.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2013/04/08/future-is-now-navy-to-deploys-lasers-on-ships-in-2014/#ixzz2PteuPKOD
 

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Quick, ban unlimited magazine laser weapons, it's for the children!
 

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Awwww......Too bad, can't touch me in my sub with that can ya? Hee Hee!!!!!!!!!!!
 
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