The Future is Here: Navy Downs Drone With Successful Laser Test

This looks like something out of Star Wars. A US Navy warship ran a successful test of a laser beam to take out an aircraft.

From CNN:

“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.

Captain Karrey Sanders says they’re redefining war at sea with the new technology.

We don't know how long they've been developing these types of weapons, called Direct Energy Weapons, but we do know it goes back many decades. We also don't know much about the power or limitations of the weapon that they tested.

We do know this test happened in the Pacific, somewhere, on May 16th. Lt. Cale Hughes gave a brief summary of how they work, back in 2017.

"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."

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43 thoughts on “The Future is Here: Navy Downs Drone With Successful Laser Test”

  1. Wow, this would make really conventional anti-aircraft weapons obsolete! Although this system has long been proposed, experimented, proto-typed, now it can be put to actual use! The age of real ‘Flash Gordon’ weapons has arrived! Now, there won’t be a ‘body-count’ as casualties would be vaporized!

  2. now if they can keep our enemies from getting it that will be a big step. We have so many people these days that would sell our country for a few dollars or even to get in the news whether good or bad .They either never knew God or they have decided to deny God.

  3. It would be prudent to remember smoke, fog, haze or a smoke bomb blocks light energy weapons that also reflect off light-colored objects. We had an interesting Lazer at AFCRL back in the 1970s that would burst black balloons at a distance but only “painted” white ones.