Navy Deploying Laser Weapon Prototype Near IranSubmitted by Bob-45 on Mon, 04/08/2013 - 22:14
By THOM SHANKER
Published: April 8, 2013 55 Comments
WASHINGTON — The Navy is going to sea for the first time with a laser attack weapon that has been shown in tests to disable patrol boats and blind or destroy surveillance drones.
A prototype shipboard laser will be deployed on a converted amphibious transport and docking ship in the Persian Gulf, where Iranian fast-attack boats have harassed American warships and where the government in Tehran is building remotely piloted aircraft carrying surveillance pods and, someday potentially, rockets.