Shooting Down Drones With Lasers

When you need to shoot down a drone, what better way to do it than with a laser?

The Laser Weapon System (LaWS) temporarily installed aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG 105) 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.

Video provided by the USNavy YouTube Channel

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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