March 4, 2021

CNN: Navy laser weapon can hit missiles at speed of light

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MANAMA, BAHRAIN- DECEMBER 06: A Scan Eagle drone sits on the deck of the USS Ponce, on December 6, 2013 in Manama, Bahrain. Secretary Hagel is on a six-day trip to the before returning to Washington. US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel toured the Ponce which was recently refitted and converted to a staging base for mine countermeasures helicopters and carries a laser weapons system. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

By Greg Richter From Newsmax

The U.S. Navy already has deployed lasers that can take out land- and air-based targets, and is developing second-generation weapons to hit missiles at the speed of light, reported.

The LaWS, or Laser Weapons System, is being used onboard the USS Ponce amphibious transport ship and can take down a drone aircraft like the ones heavily used by Iran, North Korea, China, Russia and others.

“It is more precise than a bullet,” told CNN. “It’s not a niche weapon system like some other weapons that we have throughout the military where it’s only good against air contacts, or it’s only good against surface targets, or it’s only good against, you know, ground-based targets — in this case this is a very versatile weapon, it can be used against a variety of targets.”

The laser beam is invisible to the human eye, makes no sound, and travels at the speed of light, making it unnecessary to lead its target.

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“It really is a point and shoot,” said Lt. . “We see it, we focus on it, and we can negate that target.”

That precision also cuts down collateral damage.

And it is extremely cost effective. The $40 million system has a three-person crew and runs off its own electrical generator. It needs no ammunition and costs “about a dollar a shot,” Hughes said as opposed to $1 million per Tomahawk cruise missile.

The Navy next has its laser sights set on shooting down missiles, but, CNN reported, those missions remain classified.

IMAGE: The deck of the USS Ponce. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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