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Watch this US Navy ship destroy a flying drone with a laser weapon

  • The USS Portland disabled a flying drone with a “solid state laser” in the Pacific Ocean.
  • Videos showed the Northrup Grumman-developed 150-kilowatt-class Laser Weapon System Demonstrator (LWSD) destroying the drone.
  • “With this new advanced capability, we are redefining war at sea for the Navy,” a Navy official said in a press release.
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A US Navy ship downed a flying drone with a “solid state laser” in the Pacific Ocean, the service branch announced on Friday.

The USS Portland (LPD-27), a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship, deployed its Technology Maturation Laser Weapon System Demonstrator (LWSD) against an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) last week during a demonstration, the first such use of a high-energy class solid-state laser, the Navy said.

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“By conducting advanced at sea tests against UAVs and small crafts, we will gain valuable information on the capabilities of the Solid State Laser Weapons System Demonstrator against potential threats,” US Navy Capt. Karrey Sanders, the ship’s commanding officer, said in a press release.

“The Solid State Laser Weapons System Demonstrator is a unique capability the Portland gets to test and operate for the Navy,

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