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January 2014

U.S. Navy + Sci-Fi = Laser Weapons

Sometime in 2014, the U.S. Navy has plans to install  the LaWS (Navy Laser Weapon System) on combat ships.  The laser is capable of obliterating small boats and drones, firing warning shots, and blinding spy cameras destroying  their sensors.  Though LaWS hits its targets at the speed of light, the laser will not be as useful for faster moving targets such as incoming missiles and jet fighters, . The LaWS prototype reportedly cost $32 million to build, but the Navy claims the weapon is cost-effective because each shot of directed energy costs less than $1, compared to the hundreds of thousands of dollars it costs to fire a missile. Lasers have the potential to revolutionize the economics and technology of warfare. No longer science-fiction, the ... Read more
Posted by Amy Juelich on January 8th, 2014 :: Filed under: Blog,Military,LaWS,Military