I'm Adding It To My Christmas List: Navy Laser Blaster Shoots Down Robotic Planes
If you own an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), here's piece of advice: don't fly it near San Nicholas Island, California, or it could be blasted out of the sky - by a laser. Two such vehicles were successfully shot down there on May 24th by a US Navy laser weapon. According to the official press release, this marks "the first detect-thru-engage laser shoot-down of a threat representative target in an over-the-water, combat representative scenario."
Members of the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) utilized a laser shot through a beam director on a KINETO tracking mount, controlled by a MK 15 Phalanx Close In Weapon System (CIWS). The Navy's Laser Weapon System (LaWS) has already shot down UAVs in other scenarios, bringing the total number of downed flying robots to seven.
Seven huh? We're have to at least triple that number if we plan on winning any robot apocalypse. I figure I'm good for five myself. And I'm gonna go ahead put you down for two although I suspect you may only get one before succumbing to your wounds (I'm just being honest).
Thanks to Ian, Jason and Ryan, who I'm marking down for three kills each because they all have enough sense to keep up on the latest in anti-robot technology. Good lookin', guys.