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Laser cannon mounted on the first ship of the US Navy - VIDEO PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 15 November 2014 20:00

United States Navy warship for the first time equipped with a laser gun, a prototype weapon was placed aboard the amphibious assault ship "Ponce" mother ship converted into a special forces at the end of August.

It is planned that the laser beam sea combat will be applied against the so-called asymmetric threats, reports TASS referring to Bloomberg. These threats include including drones and speedboat.

"Ponce" is serving in the Persian Gulf, where there is the problem of piracy. Installed on the 30-kilowatt laser gun can both operate in the prevention, blinding the enemy several powerful beams and destroy the target.


To develop a prototype laser ship of the US Navy took seven years and about $ 40 million. The cost of a single laser shot is estimated at only one dollar, while the launch of the interceptor missile costs about $ 1 million. In addition, the laser has a virtually unlimited supply of shots. Its range is classified.

"This technology is radically changing the way we conduct operations," - said Captain Mike Ziv, in guiding the development of the Navy directed energy weapon systems. According to him, the laser beam is capable of literally "burn" the target, completely invisible to humans. Installation can only manage one sailor.

It is expected that the laser test will take place during the year, and then will consider the serial production and acceptance of new items on arms.

In February 2014 the Lexington Institute analyst Loren Thompson said that the laser efficiency will depend on the weather.

"Lasers lose efficiency because of the rain, dust, any disturbance in the atmosphere. In the Navy saying that they found ways to use lasers in bad weather, but the range of their actions, no doubt, will be reduced in cloudy weather or during rain, "- said Thompson.

Earlier it was reported that in the summer of 2014 the US Navy plans to produce the world's first equipment of a warship laser gun. The prototype of this futuristic weapons will be placed on board a large landing ship "Ponce" mother ship converted into Special Forces.


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