The US Navy has deployed a new electric laser weapon with massive defensive potential.
The weapon can take lethal and non-lethal action to disable or destroy targets.
The laser was tested on a drone and fired from the deck of a warship.
Because the laser is all electric and has no explosive power, it poses less of a risk of causing a catastrophic accident than a conventional bomb, according to TechSpot.
The US military has experimented with lasers in the past – but previous attempts have been chemical-based.
The project is led by the US Navy and defense contractor Lockheed Martin.
A New Atlas report states that another benefit of electric propulsion is that the laser has a “theoretically unlimited supply of ammunition” as long as the ship it’s on has power.
In his speech on lasers, Chief of Naval Research Rear Admiral Lorin Shelby said, “They provide the fleet with transformation capabilities, respond to various threats, and provide precise deployments.”
During testing in February, the electric laser successfully disabled a drone meant to represent an enemy missile.
Lockheed Martin anticipates that future laser technologies will be used in the air, on the ground or at sea.
Shelby added the laser “[complements] existing defense systems and increase sustained lethality in high-intensity conflicts.”
A Lockheed Martin representative said luxury automaker Rolls-Royce also made contributions.
At the moment, the US Navy has no plans to field layered laser defense.
In March, President Biden proposed a $773 billion budget for the Department of Defense.
As Russia becomes bolder on military engagements, some Americans are happy that a portion of their taxes are going to defense, while more progressive citizens and politicians believe Biden should cut military spending.
This story originally appeared on The Sun and is reproduced here with permission.
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