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US Navy to arm its destroyers with HELIOS Laser Weapons by 2021


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USS Preble to Be First Destroyer Equipped with Laser Defense System
29 May 2019
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser | By William Cole

https://www.military.com/daily-news/2019/05/29/uss-preble-be-first-destroyer-equipped-laser-defense-system.html

The Pearl Harbor-based USS Preble will be the first destroyer to be equipped with a high-energy laser to counter surface craft and unmanned aerial systems, according to a published report, with the Navy planning to one day use the powerful light beams to defend against Chinese or Russian cruise missiles.

Rear Adm. Ronald Boxall, the Navy's director of surface warfare, told Defense News that the Preble will be outfitted in 2021 with the High Energy Laser and Integrated Optical-dazzler With Surveillance system, or HELIOS.

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The Navy previously tested a 30-kilowatt laser in 2017 aboard the afloat forward staging base USS Ponce, shooting a small Scan Eagle unmanned aerial vehicle out of the sky.

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