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Amphibious ship USS Portland (LPD-27) shot down a drone with a laser weapon during a first-of-its-kind at-sea test of the Navy’s high-energy laser weapon system.
In this test, Portland fired its high-power laser weapon at an unmanned aerial vehicle while operating off Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on May 16, U.S. Pacific Fleet announced in a news release today.
“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,” he added. “With this new advanced capability, we are redefining war at sea for the Navy.”
originally posted by: visitedbythem
originally posted by: CharlesT
Seemed to me the laser beam was huge and the time it took to destroy the drone was too long. More than just a burst anyway.
Too slow, too weak
originally posted by: Arnie123
Baby steps folks, eventually we'll get it down to a reasonable TTK, in the meantime, while its DPS is low, we can continue to push the evenlope so that we can eventually walk away with a high DPS and fast TTK weapons platform.