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Laser Weapon System (LaWS)
« on: July 19, 2017, 03:22:18 AM »
From navaltechnology.com

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The 30kW LaWS laser weapon system fitted to the USS Ponce. Photo: courtesy of US Navy.


USS Ponce (AFSB(I)-15) - Afloat Forward Staging Base (Interim), United States of America


The USS Ponce will test a first of its kind Laser Weapon system (LaWS) for the US Navy. Image courtesy of US Navy photo by John F. Williams.

Laser Weapon System (LaWS) demonstration aboard USS Ponce

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbjXXRfwrHg

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Re: Laser Weapon System (LaWS)
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2017, 03:28:02 AM »
CNN witnesses US Navy's drone-killing laser | CNN - July 18, 2017
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The LaWS, an acronym for Laser Weapons System, is not science fiction. It is not experimental. It is deployed on board the USS Ponce amphibious transport ship, ready to be fired at targets today and every day by Capt. Christopher Wells and his crew.

CNN was granted exclusive access to a live-fire test of the laser.

"It is more precise than a bullet," Wells told CNN. "It's not a niche weapon system like some other weapons that we have throughout the military where it's only good against air contacts, or it's only good against surface targets, or it's only good against, you know, ground-based targets -- in this case this is a very versatile weapon, it can be used against a variety of targets."

LaWS begins with an advantage no other weapon ever invented comes even close to matching. It moves, by definition, at the speed of light. For comparison, that is 50,000 times the speed of an incoming ICBM.

"It is throwing massive amounts of photons at an incoming object," said Lt. Cale Hughes, laser weapons system officer. "We don't worry about wind, we don't worry about range, we don't worry about anything else. We're able to engage the targets at the speed of light."


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Re: Laser Weapon System (LaWS)
« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2017, 04:48:29 PM »
While the first photo shown is that on board of USS Ponce (a former LPD), the second and third photos above clearly is from an Arleigh Burke DDG.  It is apparent that the Ponce has the refined operational version, while current test have now move to USN's main escort-combatant platform.
Obsolete weapons do not deter. You do not base a defence policy on someone else's good intentions.
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