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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.
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Re: Laser Weapon System (LaWS)
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2018, 10:28:37 AM »
US Navy’s next amphibious warship to get laser weapon | Defense news
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The integration of a laser with the Portland (LPD-27) will be the first such effort since the demonstrations of the prototype Laser Weapon System, or LaWS, aboard the amphibious transport dock ship Ponce in 2014.

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The Navy also considered putting the weapon onboard an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer or America-class amphibious assault ship, but settled on the San Antonio-class after performing ship checks on the amphibious transport dock ship Arlington and other vessels to ensure they had enough space, cooling and power. The program office is now updating those calculations for the Portland, he said.

“The folks that made the decision in the fleet and operational leadership were presented the options for each of those classes and in terms of timing and capability because not every ship fits the window for when the laser will be ready,” he said.