Friday, December 12, 2014

The U.S. Navy's New Laser Gun...

The U.S. Navy's Laser Weapon System is deployed aboard the USS Ponce in November of 2014.
U.S. Navy

Just thought I'd share this cool YouTube video showing the U.S. Navy employing the newest piece in its arsenal, called the Laser Weapon System (LaWS), against targets in the Arabian Gulf last month. Firing an invisible 30-kilowatt laser beam that costs less than a dollar per shot, LaWS (which is installed aboard the warship USS Ponce) was able to successfully destroy small (unmanned) boats as well as a flying drone...all with the use of a handheld video game-type controller. The laser beam is invisible for now; pretty soon it will be visible, and in red or green color too. Not only that, but this weapon will be used aboard craft flying on Twin-Ion Engines and capable of soaring through hyperspace. Yes, I'm making a Star Wars reference there... Carry on.

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