Modern Warfare: US Navy Laser Gun Destroys Ship, Drone

December 12, 2014


This is a video of the US Navy's latest laser blaster blowing up a couple ships and a drone. The $40-million Laser Weapon System (LaWS) is already burninating its way through enemy ships and aircrafts from aboard the USS Ponce deployed in the Persian Gulf. PEW PEW -- PEW PEW PEW! Now point it at the sun and send this world into eternal darkness.

LaWS works by focusing beams from six solid-state commercial welding lasers into a single strong beam, which can be used both as a blinding warning shot or as a weapon capable of setting fire to anti-ship arms or other threats to US warships, especially small, fast-moving targets.

"We're not testing it any more. This is operational. It's on a ship in the Persian Gulf," [Read Admiral Matthew] Klunder said. "This isn't something we've got in a box we're saving for ... a special moment. They're using it every single day."

The technology's big advantage is its operational efficiency, as firing one shot costs just around $1, the Navy has repeatedly stressed. But lasers have their own peculiarities, with efficacy depending on weather conditions, the presence of dust and vapors in the air, and other factors. The range of the LaWS, which is limited by those factors, remains classified.

So it can set fire to boats and drones and blow stuff up, that's cool. But -- BUT -- what would it do to the head of one of my enemies? I feel like that is an important test. So what do you say, Navy? Holler at me, I can provide a list of names and addresses.

Keep going for the video.

Thanks to R Janks, Alina and Sean, who want hood-mounted laser blasters to deal with shitty drivers.

  • DapperNathaniel

    Man, real life laser cannons are so boring... Just silent, invisible beams setting fire to stuff. None of the bright flashy rays that go "fweeee.... BRRRRRRRRRZT" like in science fiction


    "USS Ponce, Poncing about the Persian Gulf".

    Apt, for a navy vessel.

  • Garett Martocello

    "Alright, ready to fire"
    (Bird poops on eye of laser)
    (misguided laser shoots hole in ship)
    Isis pigeon flys away, mission complete.

  • kevin


  • Sean Thomas Gill

    Or head mounted lasers to deal with Dicks in line at Starbucks that don't know the difference between Tall and Venti. *sheesh*

  • kevin

    "Or head mounted lasers to deal with Dicks in line at Starbucks that *do* know the difference between Tall and Venti"

    You accidentally used the wrong word but I fixed it for you.

  • DapperNathaniel

    Yes, setting fire to people is definitely an appropriate response to not knowing the special terms coffee shops use instead of the standard "Small, Medium, Large" we're used to. Definitely not an overreaction at all.

  • Kaizer Chief

    Whose idea was it to name a ship "Ponce"?

  • Jason Christopher

    I'm assuming, but could be totally wrong, that it's named after explorer Ponce DeLeon. European expedition to Florida, fountain of youth, all that jazz.

  • Kaizer Chief

    Ah, okay. So it wasn't named after "an effeminate man", or "someone who lives off a prostitute's earnings"?

  • Levi Gridley

    did that MFer just use an xbox controller to target their laser?

  • Joshua Schwenker

    Could you imagine what would happen if he used a kinect??

  • Chun-Hui Wang

    That would be awesome! I'd be yelling Shinkuuuuu Hadoouuukenn! or Kamehameha!

  • JJtoob

    Whatever it is, it's either highly modified, or it's just very similar in shape to a PS controller. I mean, why re-invent the wheel?

  • Shinobi1992

    It definitely looked like an Xbox Controller..

  • Jenness

    I don't think it is a good idea to state the efficacy of lasers to our enemies. They work no matter what so you best stop choppin' off peeps head 'yo!

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