The U.S. Navy announced that it has successfully tested an experimental laser weapon. A video released by the Office of Naval Research shows the system targeting and destroying boats and drones at sea. Ben Gruber reports.
STORY: The U.S. Navy tests an experimental laser weapon aboard a deployed ship for the first time. The weapon, which utilizes a solid state infrared beam of energy to cripple or destroy targets, was tested over the past few months aboard the USS PONCE in the Persian Gulf. According to the Office of Naval Research, the system performed flawlessly. Operated using a video game controller, the system hit targets mounted aboard small boats speeding towards the ship. In a separate test, the laser targeted and shot a drone out of the sky. The Navy say that laser weapons are a pivotal tool for defending its fleets in the future from small boat, missile, and drones attacks and hope to deploy combat-ready laser prototypes by the early 2020s.