WASHINGTON, (BG) – The USS Portland landing craft of the US Navy successfully tested high-power laser weapons that can destroy aircraft in fligh, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing CNN.
CNN notes that the tests, during which an unmanned aerial vehicle in the Pacific Ocean were destroyed, were held on May 16. The television company published videos and photographs showing how a laser beam is directed from the deck of a ship onto the apparatus and incapacitates it. CNN quotes a Navy statement saying it is “the first test of a high-end solid-state laser at the system level.”
The Navy also emphasized that laser weapons provide greater capabilities to respond to various threats. The military did not reveal the power of the laser, but the television company suggests that we are talking about 150 kW.
The weapon can be used both against aircraft and against small boats.
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