LASER Cannon!

Navy tests laser gun by blasting empty boat

Navy LASER Cannon
LOS ANGELES-The U.S. Navy has fired a laser ray gun mounted on a warship, zapping - and setting fire to - an empty motorboat as it bobbed in the Pacific Ocean.

The test demonstration, off Southern California near San Nicolas Island, could be the beginning of a new era in Navy weaponry, officials said.

"This is very important to the Navy's future weapon systems," said Rear Adm. Nevin Carr, chief of the Office of Naval Research. "By turning energy into a weapon, we become more efficient."

The laser system, built by Northrop Grumman Corp., could someday be used against cruise missiles, enemy drones or even ballistic missiles, Carr said.

"In the distant future, I can envision a day when this technology is outfitted on cruisers and destroyers," he said.

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--They neglected to mention Pirates. Toasty, toasty, Pirates...


That Guy said...

You know, why NOT test those things off the coast of Somalia? Mount it to the back of a small cabin cruiser and wait for the pirates to come.

If it does not work, then just have the Marines hidden on board open up with something belt fed.

Bubblehead Les. said...

They also have successfully tested the Rail Gun. So now begins the Next Great Gunnie Debate: Laser vs. Mass Driver!