Do Want: The Navy's New Laser/Gun Combo

July 27, 2011


The Navy, always looking for a more terrifying weapon, and a few good men "That's the Marines, moron." Oh. Let me start over. The Navy, who apparently doesn't accept contract kills by email even if you cleverly use an official looking email address like, is rolling out a ship-mounted laser/cannon combo, because you can never be sure if the enemy opted for their bullet or laser proof-armor on a particular day. C-C-C-COMBO BREAKER!

Boeing and BAE are building a weapon that combines a traditional M242 autocannon--which fires 175 rounds per minute with a range of 2.5 kilometers [~1.5 miles] --with a high energy laser. They call it the Mk 38 Mod 2 Tactical Laser System. The laser will be able to target and destroy surface and air targets like small boats and unmanned aerial vehicles.

Oh man, could you imagine this thing strapped to the roof of my car? The sweetest Ford Focus ever, or the sweetest Ford Focus ever? "I thought you drove a Neon." Ha, I did -- straight into a creek.

Navy's Next Wonder Weapon Combines a High Speed 25mm Gun With Deadly Laser [gizmodo]

Thanks to Alan, who never attacks with fewer than two forms of weaponry. Smart.

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