Use: tested anti-drone laser cannon – North America

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An American warship tested a powerful laser beam weapon capable of reaching and shooting down targets such as airplanes flying at lightning speed. The Pacific Fleet of the US Navy has made it known, according to CNN reports.
The weapon was tested at an unspecified point in the Pacific Ocean on May 16 and the U.S. Navy released a short test video showing a very bright beam of light being ‘fired’ from a ship and then a aircraft – apparently a drone – on fire. The power of the new laser cannon was not disclosed, but CNN recalls that according to a report made by the International Institute for Strategic Studies in 2018 the weapon would have had a 150 kilowatt laser. “With this new advanced capability, we are redefining the war at sea for the Navy,” said USS Portland captain Karrey Sanders, the ship used for the test. In 2017, the US had tested a 30 kilowatt laser cannon in the Persian Gulf.

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