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