The U.S. Navy has deployed on a command ship in the Persian Gulf its first laser weapon capable of destroying a target.
The amphibious transport ship USS Poncehas been patrolling with a prototype 30-kilowatt-class Laser Weapon System since late August, according to officials. The laser is mounted facing the bow, and can be fired in several modes — from a dazzling warning flash to a destructive beam — and can set a drone or small boat on fire.
The usual prototype/field test stuff, basically – we’re not at GI Joe levels yet – but the future keeps on keeping on. Also, that’s just the stuff that we’re willing to talk about. The stuff that we might have squirreled away… well. I’m sure that we’ll never need to have that come out as a particularly sudden, and selectively-unpleasant, surprise.