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PEW PEW US Navy ‘kills’ drone with electrically powered LASER for first time – and it might even stop missiles

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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, the risk of causing a catastrophic accident is lower than with 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 boarding has power.

Rear Admiral Lorin Shelby, Chief of Naval Research, said of lasers, “They provide the fleet with transformation capabilities, respond to various threats, and provide precision engagements.”

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 that luxury automaker Rolls Royce also made contributions.

Currently, the US Navy has no plans to field Layered Laser Defense (LLD).

In March of this year, President Biden proposed a $773 billion budget for the Department of Defense.

As Russia becomes bolder with military involvement, some Americans are happy that some of their taxes are going to defense, while more progressive citizens and politicians believe Biden should cut military spending.

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