PERSIAN GULF: ‘ US NAVY DEPLOYS FIRST EVER COMBAT LASER ‘
#AceWorldNews – PERSIAN GULF – Nov.15 – The US Navy has deployed its first ever combat laser. The futuristic weapon has boosted the arsenal of the Fifth Fleet’s command vessel in the Persian Gulf. The laser is said to be effective against numerous small targets, such as Iran’s gunboats.
A 30-kilowatt-class Laser Weapon System has been equipped on the USS Ponce amphibious transport ship since late August, Navy officials told Bloomberg.
The device is capable of focusing beams from six solid-state commercial welding lasers into a single strong beam, which can be used both as a blinding warning shot and as a weapon capable of setting fire to a drone or small boat.
It took Naval Sea Systems Command technicians seven years and $40 million to develop the technology to the current stage.
The tour in the Gulf is more of a trial continuation than regular duty, as the Navy wants to learn more about its new tool.
It was crucial to learn how the system would operate in the environment and how much energy it would consume, Kendall added.