The US Navy announced that it succeeded in a test to shoot down a drone with a laser beam from a warship

With the development of technology, the military use of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) has been attracting attention, and it has been

pointed out that 'cheap handmade drones have already become a threat to the military in each country.' Meanwhile, the Pacific Fleet announced that the US Navy's San Antonio-class dock-type landing ship Portland (LPD-27) shot down a drone with a laser weapon mounted on the ship.

USS Portland conducts Laser Weapon System Demonstrator Test | Commander, US Pacific Fleet

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

VIDEO: USS Portland Fires Laser Weapon, Downs Drone in First At-Sea Test-USNI News

On May 16, 2020, LPD 27 succeeded in a demonstration of shooting down a drone with a laser attack by the Laser Weapon System Demonstrator (LWSD), which is a solid laser weapon installed on board the ship That. You can see how the laser gun is actually fired from LPD 27 in the following movie.

On the right side of the screen, you can see the silhouette of LPD 27.

After a while, a powerful laser gun was fired from the ship.

It looks like this when the color of the screen changes.

You can also see how the drone shot by the laser gun is shot down in the following movie.

The drone to which the laser cannon is applied seems to have the aircraft burning red.

I was flying for a while, but ...

After a few seconds, it exploded so that I could play it.

The LWSD is a high-power solid-state laser weapon developed by the U.S. Navy Research Agency.The laser system was developed by munitions manufacturer Northrop Grumman , and the system and ship integration and testing were conducted by Port Hueneme , California and Dahl , Virginia. It was led by the US Navy Surface Warfare Center in Glenn . This is the first system-level implementation of a high-power solid-state laser weapon.

LPD 27 Commander Captain Kelly Sanders said, 'By conducting advanced sea trials on drones and small vessels, we can gain valuable information on the capabilities of solid-state laser weapon systems against potential threats. You can do it. '

Navy vessels face more threats than ever to carry out their missions, including drones, small armed boats, enemy intelligence systems, and surveillance systems. The Navy believes that directional energy weapons that directly irradiate a target with directed energy to attack it can be an effective defense against drones and small armed boats. Navy weapons development, including the LWSD, argues that soldiers will have the immediate benefit of being able to respond to threats and will increase commander response options.

“The Fixed Laser Weapon System Demonstrator is a unique feature that Portland tests and operates for the Navy, paving the way for future weapon systems. This new and advanced capability allows us to navy at sea. Is redefining the war of, 'Captain Sanders said.

by US Pacific Fleet

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