The future is now: Navy to deploy lasers on ships in 2014 - "Operates much like a blowtorch ... with an unlimited magazine."Submitted by Bob-45 on Mon, 04/08/2013 - 17:23
By Justin Fishel | Published April 08, 2013 | FoxNews.com
The Pentagon has plans to deploy its first ever ship-mounted laser next year, a disruptive, cutting-edge weapon capable of obliterating small boats and unmanned aerial vehicles with a blast of infrared energy.
Navy officials announced Monday that in early 2014, a solid-state laser prototype will be mounted to the fantail of the USS Ponce and sent to the 5th fleet region in the Middle East for real-world experience.
'It operates much like a blowtorch ... with an unlimited magazine.'
- Navy official
Video released by the Navy shows the laser lock onto a slow-moving target, in this case an unmanned drone, which bursts aflame in mid-flight. The drone soon catches fire and crashes into the sea below.