US Navy tests $40 million laser weapon in Persian Gulf
A US Navy ship is trialling a $40 million (£25.5m) laser weapons system in the Persian Gulf
The US Navy has tested an experimental laser weapon on one of its naval bases in the Persian Gulf.
The 30 kilowatt Laser Weapon System (LaWS) was installed aboard USS Ponce this summer as part of a $40 million research and development project.
The video, released by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), shows the LaWS system detonating a rocket propelled grenade and burning out the engine of a rigid hull inflatable boat.
In addition to its offensive power, the LaWS can work as a surveillance tool due to its powerful optics that can detect objects at “tactically significant ranges”, said ONR spokesman Matthew Klunder.
Ранее BAE Systems, Boeing и Lockheed Martin уже демонстрировали альтернативные наземные и воздушные системы: