The United States Navy scrutinizes LaWS, the Laser Weapons System, developed for U.S. fleet in order to down hostile drones. The mounted laser gun is ‘capable of blasting targets with 30 kilowatts of power’, Daily Mail wrote, quoting Navy officials who spoke to CNN.
According to Chris Wells, captain of the USS Ponce, the device is ‘not a niche weapon system like some other weapons that we have throughout the military where it's only good against air contacts, or it's only good against surface targets, or it's only good against, you know, ground-based targets - in this case this is a very versatile weapon, it can be used against a variety of targets’.
The Daily Mail added that live tests of this weapon also take place in the Persian Gulf, with U.S. officials assuming the gun could be put into service by 2020.
‘LaWS can move at the speed of light, which is 50,000 times the speed of an incoming intercontinental ballistic missile.
'It is throwing massive amounts of photons at an incoming object,' said Lieutenant Cale Hughes, laser weapons system officer.
Officers on board the USS Ponce are currently live-testing the weapon, using an aerial drone as a target. These kinds of weaponized UAVs are increasingly being used by Iran, North Korea, China and Russia, the officers said’, writes Daily Mail.