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(YouTube)   This is what it looks like when the most powerful Navy in the world uses a laser to shoot down an unmanned drone the size of a bathtub under completely controlled conditions, blue sky, slow burn in under 30 seconds. NK, are you impressed yet?   (youtube.com) divider line 54
    More: Ironic, U.S. Navy, laser weapon, Office of Naval Research  
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Laser Weapon System (LaWS)
120804-N-ZZ999-001 SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Jul. 30, 2012) The Laser Weapon System (LaWS) temporarily installed aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG 105) (shown here conducting an operational test) in San Diego, Calif., is a technology demonstrator built by the Naval Sea Systems Command from commercial fiber solid state lasers, utilizing combination methods developed at the Naval Research Laboratory. LaWS can be directed onto targets from the radar track obtained from a MK 15 Phalanx Close-In Weapon system or other targeting source. The Office of Naval Research's Solid State Laser (SSL) portfolio includes LaWS development and upgrades providing a quick reaction capability for the fleet with an affordable SSL weapon prototype. This capability provides Navy ships a method for Sailors to easily defeat small boat threats and aerial targets without using bullets. (U.S. Navy video by Office of Naval Research/ Released)
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