The US successfully tested a laser weapon that can destroy aircraft mid-flight Brad Lendon-Profile-Image By Brad Lendon, CNN Updated 3:56 PM ET, Sat May 23, 2020
Sorry .. but I had to intercede my marathon Nuke series due to this KEY announcement from the Defense Department. PERSONALLY I think this is BS – there is no way a laser beam can travel through the atmosphere and maintain it’s original strength to bring down another craft. Any of you science experts out there that can tell me otherwise I’m listening in the Comments section below.. I CALL FAKE NEWS!
Hong Kong (CNN)A US Navy warship has successfully tested a new high-energy laser weapon that can destroy aircraft mid-flight, the Navy’s Pacific Fleet said in a statement Friday.
Images and videos provided by the Navy show the amphibious transport dock ship USS Portland executing “the first system-level implementation of a high-energy class solid-state laser” to disable an aerial drone aircraft, the statement said.
The images show the laser emanating from the deck of the warship. Short video clips show what appears to be the drone burning.
The Navy did not give a specific location of the laser weapons system demonstrator (LWSD) test, saying only that it occurred in the Pacific on May 16.
The power of the weapon was not disclosed, but a 2018 report from the International Institute for Strategic Studies said it was expected to be a 150-kilowatt laser.
“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,” Capt. Karrey Sanders, commanding officer of Portland, said in the statement.
“With this new advanced capability, we are redefining war at sea for the Navy.”
The Navy says lasers, which it calls directed energy weapons (DEW), can be effective defenses against drones or armed small boats.
“The Navy’s development of DEWs like the LWSD provide immediate warfighter benefits and provide the commander increased decision space and response options,” the statement said.
At the time, Lt. Cale Hughes, a laser weapons system officer, described how they work.
“It is throwing massive amounts of photons at an incoming object,” Hughes said. “We don’t worry about wind, we don’t worry about range, we don’t worry about anything else. We’re able to engage the targets at the speed of light.”…more