Navy shipboard laser weapon kills boats and UAVs during three-month at-sea tests in Persian Gulf

ARLINGTON, Va., 10 Dec. 2014. U.S. Navy researchers have completed three months of at-sea testing of a shipboard high-energy laser weapon that could bring deck-mounted machine gun-like defensive capability to U.S. and allied surface warships at a fraction of the cost.

Naval personnel deployed and operated the Laser Weapon System (LaWS) aboard the amphibious transport dock USS Ponce from September to November in the Persian Gulf, officials of the Office of Naval Research (ONR) in Arlington, Va., announced today.

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