US firm Raytheon unveils its new anti-aircraft laser at the Farnborough Airshow in Hampshire, releasing a video of it shooting down an unmanned
aerial vehicle (UAV) at the US Navy test range on San Nicolas Island off the coast of California.
Raytheon said "the solid state fibre laser produces a 50 kilowatt beam and can be used against UAV, mortar, rockets and small surface ships.
We've tied this into Phalanx, the US Navy's anti-missile defence system that links a multiple barrelled 20mm Gatling gun to a radar guidance
This system is already installed in many ships, both in the US and other Nato nations, such as the Royal Navy.It functions as the last line of
defence, so if you can fit a laser onto it, you have a longer reach and an unlimited magazine, cause it keeps on throwing out photons,"
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[edit on 19-7-2010 by Pockets]