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US Navy Completely Obliterates Drone Using Laser Beam Mounted On Warship

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US Navy Completely Obliterates Drone Using Laser Beam Mounted On Warship

The US Navy claims that it has 'redefined warfare' after successfully testing a high energy laser weapon, the likes of which we've never seen before.

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Seriously, we've entered the 'huge disintegrating laser warfare' stage of 2020, which is great.

Basically, this new war machine can destroy drones and unmanned aircraft mid-flight and leave absolutely no trace of it whatsoever afterwards.

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Oh, and there's no reason that the aircraft have to be unmanned, either. They could just as easily have a person in there, but that would have been somewhat controversial for the test that they've filmed.

The footage, which looks like something from either a science fiction movie or your worst nightmares, shows a powerful laser beam being aimed at a small aircraft from a larger warship.

Sitting aboard the USS Portland, the laser completely destroys the aircraft while it is still in the air and moving at speed.

When the work is done - and it gets done pretty damn quickly - there is nothing left of the aircraft, it disappears completely.

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Credit: US Navy
Credit: US Navy

According to the US Navy, this is the 'the first system-level implementation of a high-energy class solid-state laser'.

It represents a great leap forward for the industry of blowing people to smithereens, and should have all the other militarised nations sitting up and taking notice.

So why on earth - given the plethora of military equipment that is already in existence - do they need yet another method of destruction?

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Well, according to the US military boffins, they're reacting to 'an increasing number of threats' that include UAVs - unmanned aerial vehicles, to us civilians - small armed boats, as well as reconnaissance and surveillance systems.

All things that - apparently - you might need to completely obliterate without trace in a matter of seconds.

Credit: US Navy
Credit: US Navy

This test launch, which took place at Pearl Harbour near Hawaii on 16 May, proves that the US - despite having used laser weapons before - has moved into a different world when it comes to this kind of technology.

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In fact, Navy officials will be hoping that they can use it to take down things such as long-range missiles.

For now, though, they're happy shooting drones out of the sky.

A Navy official said: "With this new advanced capability, we are redefining war at sea for the Navy."

US Navy Captain Karrey Sanders, who is the commanding officer aboard the USS Portland, said: "By conducting advanced at sea tests against UAVs and small crafts, we will gain valuable information on the capabilities of the Solid State Laser Weapons System Demonstrator against potential threats.

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"The Solid State Laser Weapons System Demonstrator is a unique capability the Portland gets to test and operate for the Navy, while paving the way for future weapons systems."

Featured Image Credit: US Navy

Topics: US News, Technology, Weird

Tom Wood
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