April 09, 2013
US Navy Readies New Laser Weapon
The U.S. Navy has developed a laser weapon designed to ward off attack from both air and sea threats.
The Navy released a demonstration video Monday, showing the new weapon shooting down an unmanned drone. The weapon eventually will be capable of disabling small enemy vessels and surveillance drones.
Officials says the cost of the laser will be less than $1 per shot since it runs on electricity, far less than the thousands of dollars it costs to fire one missile.
The laser will be mounted on an amphibious transport docking ship that will be deployed to the Persian Gulf in 2014.