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USS Portland Conducts LWSD Test
« on: May 25, 2020, 01:31:30 PM »
https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/2020/05/uss-portland-conducts-laser-weapon-system-demonstrator-lwsd-test/

USS Portland Conducts Laser Weapon System Demonstrator (LWSD) Test
23 May 2020

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LWSD is a high-energy laser weapon system demonstrator developed by the Office of Naval Research and installed on Portland for an at-sea demonstration. LWSD’s operational employment on a Pacific Fleet ship is the first system-level implementation of a high-energy class solid-state laser. The laser system was developed by Northrup Grumman, with full System and Ship Integration and Testing led by NSWC Dahlgren and Port Hueneme. 

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The U.S. Navy has been developing directed-energy weapons (DEWs), to include lasers, since the 1960s. DEWs are defined as electromagnetic systems capable of converting chemical or electrical energy to radiated energy and focusing it on a target, resulting in physical damage that degrades, neutralizes, defeats, or destroys an adversarial capability.

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Re: USS Portland Conducts LWSD Test
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2020, 01:33:08 PM »

PACIFIC OCEAN (May 21, 2020) The amphibious transport dock ship USS Portland (LPD 27) successfully tests a Solid State Laser - Technology Maturation Laser Weapon System Demonstrator (LWSD) Mark 2 MOD 0.The SSL-TM program builds upon the Office of Naval Research's previous directed-energy developments, like the Laser Weapon System (LaWS), which was successfully tested at-sea aboard the Afloat Forward Staging Base (Interim) USS Ponce (ASB(I)) 15 in 2014. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)

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USS Portland Fires Laser Weapon, Downs Drone in First At-Sea Test!

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