Navy’s Futuristic Laser Weapon System Is Ready For War, Costs Less Than $1/Shot

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Written by: Aaron Nelson at theantimedia.org

 

The US Navy has a new $40 million dollar Laser Weapon System and it has performed flawlessly during operational testing in the Persian Gulf the last 4 months aboard the USS Ponce.

A recently-released video embedded below demonstrates the capabilities of the 30-kilowatt laser, shooting down a drone in just seconds and sending it crashing into the sea:

Rear Adm. Matthew L. Klunder said in a statement: “We ran this particular weapon, a prototype, through some extremely tough paces, and it locked on and destroyed the targets we designated with near-instantaneous lethality.”

“This is the first time in recorded history that a directed energy weapons system has ever deployed on anything,” Klunder said, according to Reuters.

Actually, this advanced laser weapon performed so well during operational testing that the USS Ponce is now authorized to use it in defense of the ship. Perhaps the greatest advantage of using this new technology is how little it costs, checking in at less than $1 a shot! laserweapon

At less than a dollar per shot, there’s no question about the value LaWS provides,” Klunder said in a statement.

With affordability a serious concern for our defense budgets, this will more effectively manage resources to ensure our sailors and Marines are never in a fair fight.”

Fair fight, huh? The Navy also announced that sailors working with the system reported that, “the weapon performed flawlessly, including in adverse weather conditions of high winds, heat and humidity.”

It appears that the US Navy envisions Laser Weapon Systems to be heavily utilized in the future, considering they are already developing a more powerful laser system capable of destroying advanced anti-ship missile technology. This upgraded laser system should ready for deployment in 2017.

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37 COMMENTS

  1. I remember watching an 80s movie about that, but it was on a plane. Only took them 30 years to figure out, not bad for the government. Lol!

  2. “…the capabilities of the 30-kilowatt laser, shooting down a drone in just seconds and sending it crashing into the sea”

    So now our 100 billion dollar drone program is worthless….WTF

  3. Sigh. More weapons of destruction… Oh boy, I bet they never thought of how much damage the laser could do if it was pointed at the earth…

  4. The military industrial complex runs the military. The reason the tech took so long is because companies that make missles and artillery said not to make it.

  5. to think the 40 million dollars put towards this couldve saved a few million lives through shelters and food but instead we get to wag about our new toy that vaporizes almost anything

  6. It didnt take this long……………..remember 911? Remember the pentagon being hit, but no plane or damage done to the books and paper products that were literally within 5 ft of where apparent   plane apparently hit & then conveniently disintegrated? Or how about the building that was apparently involved with 911 & a (once again) disintegrated plane)…………………..the weird part about that is ( a crazy conspiracy theorist friend of mine…………or so I use to think) showed the said video to me and there was no centre of the building, I mean no debris from the plane or building itself…….nothing & the news put out info saying the plane & fuel burned so hot that it mrlted everything in its path (I just realized now that sounds a lot like the twin towers) & the conspiracy theorists  said it was b.s. & looked like something a lazer of some kind would do…………….and I just laughed at my buddy (cause I felt sorry for him being such a worry wart & crazy thinker……..or so I thought)………then I see this page & article on my facebook & just had to read it………………I literally have goosebumps now!!! I cant help but feel something weird here about all this (its almost like fear or panic…….except Im not scared) but Im kind of comparing hard-core facts & as I was writing this reply just made another reallization (without meaning to)…… that we were told about the 9-11 building & the twin towers both being hit & destroyed by a plane & its fuel which apparently can burn as hot as the actual sun & disintegrate buildings, planes & the ridiculously high heat I beams which are the structure of these buildings……………but Im guessing one of these vaporizing lasers could!!! and im not even joking when I say that for the firstime snce my buddy showed me that video (which was over 10 years ago)  if he really is nuts, because im thinking he may have been on to something……………and I learned in school (not trying to be a smart-ass……..which is something I very much am) that the government were always at least 10 years ahead of us with technology. I dont know why but its kinda scary when you look at the facts and see things for just that…..facts.

  7. Just need a giant ball of popcorn to put in my professor’s house. That’ll teach them to use me to make a powerful weapon.

    Seriously, this is better than the other shit they’ve been using and will continue to use. Perhaps such a small target weapon will result in less collateral damage aka innocent families. What you gonna do about all that greed?

  8. Am I the only one who thinks all wars should be fair fights? Where is the honour in using a 30KW laser to eviscerate a drone? Who wins in a war is quickly moving towards who has the most money. This whole project is a gigantic waste of time, money and resources; It could be far better spent trying develop an effective, prosperous society that is less naturally damaging and would lower the conflict and hence the wars… Rather than making sure every last one of them is won by the United States.

    • ive read a lot of comments on here and im shocked by them. 40 mil may seem like a lot of money (and it is) but to build a new weapon thats nothing, most of the missle systems cost that much and they still cost $300+ to fire. most weapons on ships with line of sight capability (only as far as you see before the curve of the earth) are defense of the ships so this is not a weapon used to atack something thats not directly a threat to the ship. and whats with the wars should be a fair fight? should it have been a fair fight when someone used a a sword on a war instead of sticks? metal armor instead of leather? bows and arrows instead of slings? history is full of non fair fights because more lives can be lost on both sides if its fair, using things more advanced than someone trying to attack you can not only keep you alive but can and has stopped attacks from happening.

    • Fairness in war? We aren’t talking about jousting or dueling here. There is no honor in war. War is about destroying your enemies efficiently and it’s about gains. The ones with the best tech wins. From the invention of the bow or he chariot to the $40 million dollar Laser Weapon System, it’s always been that way.

  9. The fucks going on? I clicked a link on your suversive let’s get the us story and got sold a damn cookery set or something. O that’s right this is anonymous the world famous rebel group

    • I honestly do not think this website is run by Anonymous… They wouldn’t use WordPress running the “Today” theme from Themeforest. If anything at all they’d push static pages to a very secure server in a similar way wikileaks did to minimize security risks, if they were to even have a website at all.

    • I honestly do not think this website is run by Anonymous… They wouldn’t use WordPress running the “Today” theme from Themeforest. If anything at all they’d push static pages to a very secure server in a similar way wikileaks did to minimize security risks, if they were to even have a website at all.

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  10. With drones becoming common and cheap, they are ideal for terrorists to easily put an explosive on it and go over any security, this would be the thing to stop them, unless they just jam the airwaves…

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