Saturday, May 23, 2020

The US successfully tested a laser weapon that can destroy aircraft mid-flight

The amphibious transport dock ship USS Portland conducts a high-energy laser weapon test in the Pacifc Ocean on May 16, 2020.

By Brad Lendon, CNN

Hong Kong (CNN)A US Navy warship has successfully tested a new high-energy laser weapon that can destroy aircraft mid-flight, the Navy's Pacific Fleet said in a statement Friday.

Images and videos provided by the Navy show the amphibious transport dock ship USS Portland executing "the first system-level implementation of a high-energy class solid-state laser" to disable an aerial drone aircraft, the statement said.

The images show the laser emanating from the deck of the warship. Short video clips show what appears to be the drone burning.

The Navy did not give a specific location of the laser weapons system demonstrator (LWSD) test, saying only that it occurred in the Pacific on May 16.  Read more >>