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Anti-Aircraft Laser Cannons Are Here (Video)
Posted on Apr 9, 2013
The U.S. Defense Department has developed a laser cannon capable of downing a drone aircraft from the deck of a Navy warship.
“The future is here,” said Peter Morrison at the Office of Naval Research’s Solid-State Laser Technology Maturation Programme.
The weapon is known as the Laser Weapon System or LaWS. So far it has been used only to shoot down drones in testing trials, but it is being called a step toward new warfare. The laser may not work well in rain or fog, however. Since it runs on electricity it can fire as long as there is power, for less than $1 per shot, the Navy says.
“Compare that to the hundreds of thousands of dollars it costs to fire a missile and you can begin to see the merits of this capability,” said Rear Adm. Matthew Klunder, chief of naval research.
—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.
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