VIDEO: U.S. Navy's laser cannon takes down anti-ship drone at the speed of light

The U.S. Navy released a video of a laser cannon used to neutralize anti-ship missiles and fighter jets.

The Laser Weapon System (LaWS) was temporarily installed aboard the USS Dewey in San Diego, Calif., according to a YouTube post by the Office of Naval Research (ONR.)

LaWS can be directed onto targets from a radar track or other targeting source.

The Solid State Laser (SSL) provides Navy ships a method to easily defeat small boat threats and aerial targets without using bullets, according to the ONR.

LaWS cost $40 million to develop, but the laser cannon's magazine is limited only by the amount of energy pumped into it, and according to Wired, it costs pocket change to fire.

The Navy’s shipboard gun and missile arsenal costs at least $5,000 per shot, a Navy official told Wired.

LaWS will be put into action next summer, when the Navy installs it on the USS Ponce for its maiden voyage to the Middle East, according to Wired.
 

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