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The U.S. Navy amphibious transport dock ship USS Portland successfully disabled an unmanned aerial vehicle May 16 with a Solid-State Laser — Technology Maturation Laser Weapon System Demonstrator (LWSD).
The LWSD is a high-energy laser weapon system demonstrator developed by the Office of Naval Research and installed on the Portland for an at-sea demonstration. The LWSD’s operational employment on a Pacific Fleet ship is the first system-level implementation of a high-energy solid-state laser. The laser system was developed by Northrup Grumman.
“By conducting advanced at sea tests against UAVs and small craft, we will gain valuable information on the capabilities of the Solid-State Laser Weapons System Demonstrator…READ MORE