US Navy takes laser weapon in use

Nov

17

2014

The US Navy has its first laser weapon into service aboard the USS Ponce. The laser would be powerful enough to get drones from the air and to destroy small boats.

The laser gun is mounted behind the ship. According to the US Navy targets must be submitted via the Phalanx system or other radar systems. The laser on the USS Ponce, a small boat or an unmanned aircraft such as drones, can destroy. Also, there may be with the laser light in the long distance warning signals are sent out.

The USS Ponce sails with its 30kW laser weapon currently in the Persian Gulf, reports Bloomberg. In practice will show whether the laser weapon, which costs $ 40 million or approximately 32 million euros, against heat, dust, salt and high humidity can.

The laser uses a so-called solid-state laser. Targets are the concentrated infrared light ‘warm up’ making it explode or burn. The laser weapon was last year on the transport ship installed .

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