Iran immediate WARNING: USA launches laser weapon tests in Persian Gulf

Wednesday, July 19, 2017
By Paul Martin

THE US Navy has successfully test fired the world’s first active laser weapon in what is thought to be a warning to Iran.

By JON ROGERS
Express.co.uk
Wed, Jul 19, 2017

The £31million ($40m) Laser Weapons System (LaWS) is now operational on the USS Ponce, an amphibious transport ship commanded by Captain Christopher Wells.

Capt Wells told CNN: “It is more precise than a bullet.

“It’s not a niche weapon system like some other weapons that we have throughout the military where it’s only good against air contacts, or it’s only good against surface targets, or it’s only good against, you know, ground-based targets – in this case this is a very versatile weapon, it can be used against a variety of targets.”

The weapon moves military technology into a new area with the beam travelling at the speed of light, some 50,000 times faster than an Intercontinental Ballistic missile (ICBM).

The laser weapons system officer Lt Cale Hughes said: “It is throwing massive amounts of photons at an incoming object.

“We don’t worry about wind, we don’t worry about range, we don’t worry about anything else. We’re able to engage the targets at the speed of light.”

In a test firing of the new weapon a drone was launched which was swiftly disabled.

Lt Hughes said: “We don’t have to lead a target. We’re doing that engagement at the speed of light so it really is a point and shoot — we see it, we focus on it, and we can negate that target.”

He added: “It operates in an invisible part of the electromagnetic spectrum so you don’t see the beam, it doesn’t make any sound, it’s completely silent and it’s incredibly effective at what it does.”

While the entire system cost a multi-million figure it is estimated that to actually fire the weapon it costs about a dollar each time as no ammunition is need, just a crew of three people and a supply of electricity which is created by the system’s own built-in generator.

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